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Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs are 'can', 'must', 'like', 'allowed', 'should', 'would' (apparently there are just these six of them)

Their german equivalents are können, müssen, mögen, dürfen, söllen, wöllen. Note that there are variations on these such as the singular Mogte, Darf.

Examples

You (singular) can play tennis next week.

Du können nächst woche spiele tennis.

We are not allowed to go to the cinema

Wir, dürfen nicht ins kino zu gehen

I should eat more vegetables

Ich söllen mehr Gemüse essen

My Husband does not have to drink beer

Mein Mann muss nich bier trinken. (Muss nicht -> does not have to)

You (polite) should not park here (use sollen)

Sie sollen hier nickt parken

She isn't allowed to smoke

Sie darf nicht rauchen

We must do our homework

Wir müssen uns hausaufgaben

He wants to go swimming

Er möchte/wöllen zu schwimmen gehen

i would like a cup of cafe please

Ich mogte eine tasse cafe bitte.

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