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Modal Verbs in the present
tense
Modal verbs in English
A verb that needs another verb
I can play the piano.
I must do my homework.
I want to go to the cinema.
Modal verbs in German
They are conjugated differently than “normal” verbs
• können
• müssen
• sollen
• wollen
• dürfen
They are:
Können – can, be able to
• Ich kann
• Du kannst
• Er/sie/es/man kann
• Wir können
• Ihr könnt
• Sie/sie können
Müssen – must, have to
• Ich muss
• Du musst
• Er/sie/es/man muss
• Wir müssen
• Ihr müsst
• Sie/sie müssen
Sollen - should
• Ich soll
• Du sollst
• Er/sie/es/man soll
• Wir sollen
• Ihr sollt
• Sie/sie sollen
Wollen – want to
• Ich will
• Du willst
• Er/sie/es/man will
• Wir wollen
• Ihr wollt
• Sie/sie wollen
Dürfen – be allowed to
• Ich darf
• Du darfst
• Er/sie/es/man darf
• Wir dürfen
• Ihr dürft
• Sie/sie dürfen
Examples
•Ich kann Klavier spielen.
•Ich muss meine Hausaufgaben machen.
•Ich soll weniger Schokolade essen.
•Ich will ins Kino gehen.
•Ich darf ein Glas Wein trinken.
This is a sample lesson (minus the audio) of my online
course
“German grammar – the tenses #1 – the present tense”
For more information go to
https://angelikasgerman.co.uk/online-german-tuition/

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How to conjugate German modal verbs in the present tense

  • 1. Modal Verbs in the present tense
  • 2. Modal verbs in English A verb that needs another verb I can play the piano. I must do my homework. I want to go to the cinema.
  • 3. Modal verbs in German They are conjugated differently than “normal” verbs • können • müssen • sollen • wollen • dürfen They are:
  • 4. Können – can, be able to • Ich kann • Du kannst • Er/sie/es/man kann • Wir können • Ihr könnt • Sie/sie können
  • 5. Müssen – must, have to • Ich muss • Du musst • Er/sie/es/man muss • Wir müssen • Ihr müsst • Sie/sie müssen
  • 6. Sollen - should • Ich soll • Du sollst • Er/sie/es/man soll • Wir sollen • Ihr sollt • Sie/sie sollen
  • 7. Wollen – want to • Ich will • Du willst • Er/sie/es/man will • Wir wollen • Ihr wollt • Sie/sie wollen
  • 8. Dürfen – be allowed to • Ich darf • Du darfst • Er/sie/es/man darf • Wir dürfen • Ihr dürft • Sie/sie dürfen
  • 9. Examples •Ich kann Klavier spielen. •Ich muss meine Hausaufgaben machen. •Ich soll weniger Schokolade essen. •Ich will ins Kino gehen. •Ich darf ein Glas Wein trinken.
  • 10. This is a sample lesson (minus the audio) of my online course “German grammar – the tenses #1 – the present tense” For more information go to https://angelikasgerman.co.uk/online-german-tuition/