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What is "любил бы?"

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Would "любил бы" be equivalent to "would love" or not? If not, then what is it? I know that this is the subjunctive tense but I am not exactly sure what the subjunctive tense is for.
asked Sep 17, 2014 by asdvb25 (140 points)

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Hi asdvb25,

Yes, "любил бы" is "would love". The Subjunctive mood in Russian is formed by a verb in the Past tense and the particle "бы". It is the equivalent of the Conditional tense in English (would+verb).

Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian Language Teacher.
answered Sep 18, 2014 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)