Concept 2010 Handout 6 _Modalverb-Pr�teritum_

Concept 2010 Handout 6 _Modalverb-Pr�teritum_

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GERMAN LANGUAGE – Handout 6 MODAL VERBS Modal verbs are extensively used in day to day language, even in English. They are “helping verbs” and are used normally together with another noun to express desire, necessity, permission, ability, suggestion to do something. können = to be able to do some thing (s.t.) (I can dance) müssen = to be forced to do s.t. (I must go now) dürfen = to be allowed to do s.t. ( May I come in ?) sollen = to be advised to do s.t. (I should eat more salad.) wollen = to want to do s.t. (I want to go) möchten = to desire to do s.t. (I would like to telephone) Conjugation of MODALVERB können müssen dürfen sollen wollen möchten Ich kann muß darf soll will möchte du kannst mußt darfst sollst willst möchtest er,es,sie kann muß darf soll will möchte wir können müssen dürfen sollen wollen möchten Ihr könnt müßt dürft sollt wollt möchtet Sie,sie können müssen dürfen sollen wollen möchten Important: Note that the first person and the third person form is always the same. Structure of sentence with MODALVERB
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course SOCIAL SEC 121 taught by Professor William during the Spring '12 term at Alvin CC.

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Concept 2010 Handout 6 _Modalverb-Pr�teritum_

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