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Modal Verb

das Modalverb

Modal verbs are a special kind of verbs that express how you “relate” to another verb. Specifically, they express capacity, possibility, obligation an desire.
In many European language, they share that they have a set of grammar rules that is specific to them.
In English for instance, modal verbs do not have “to” for their infinitive (there is no “to can”).

The definition of modal verb as well as the verbs themselves vary from language to language. German modal verbs do not exactly line up with English ones.

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German Irregular Verbs - (haben, sein, modal verbs)

Let's get to know the German modal verbs (and one of their verb friends). We'll learn what they mean and how to conjugate them. With lots of audio examples.

The meaning of "dürfen"

A thorough look at the German modal verb "dürfen". We'll learn where it comes from, how it gots the meanings it has today and what related words there are.


duerfen, der Bedarf, bedürftig, das Bedürfnis

German Irregular Verbs - An overview

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