Could Have [Done Something] in Spanish With Poder [+7 Examples & Quiz]

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In this Spanish grammar lesson, you will learn how to say could have [done something] in Spanish.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say could have [done something] in Spanish
  • how could have [done something] in Spanish is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on could have [done something] in Spanish
  • how you can practice with flashcards on could have [done something] in Spanish
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say could have [done something] in Spanish!

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Could Have [Done Something] in Spanish

If you want to say that you “could have [done something]”, but you missed your chance/opportunity, then you will say:

  • poder in the preterite + [haber + past participle]
  • poder in the imperfect + [haber + past participle]
  • poder in the conditional + [haber + past participle]

Here are some examples:

Juan pudo haber estudiado más para el examen, pero prefirió irse de fiesta.

Juan could have studied more for the exam, but he chose to party.

Juan podía haber estudiado más para el examen, pero prefirió irse de fiesta.

Juan could have studied more for the exam, but he chose to party.

Juan podría haber estudiado más para el examen, pero prefirió irse de fiesta.

Juan could have studied more for the exam, but he chose to party.

It does not matter which of the three ways you use, they all mean the same thing.

Example Sentences with Could Have [Done Something] in Spanish

This section of the lesson on could have [done something] in Spanish is about seeing the idioms used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of could have [done something] in Spanish through examples.

Juan pudo haber estudiado más para el examen, pero prefirió irse de fiesta.

Juan could have studied more for the exam, but he chose to party.

Juan podía haber estudiado más para el examen, pero prefirió irse de fiesta.

Juan could have studied more for the exam, but he chose to party.

Juan podría haber estudiado más para el examen, pero prefirió irse de fiesta.

Juan could have studied more for the exam, but he chose to party.

Le podrías haber escrito una carta para pedirle disculpas.

You could have written him a letter of apology.

En otro tiempo pudimos haber trabajado juntos. Y hecho grandes cosas.

In another time we could have worked together. And done great things.

Vosotros podíais haber avisado que estaba aquí mi hijo.

You could have warned that my son was here.

Los dueños no podrían haber sido más amables y serviciales.

The owners could not have been nicer and more helpful.

Quiz Yourself on Could Have [Done Something] in Spanish

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

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