Was sind Modalverben? – What are Modal Verbs?


  • Modal verbs are auxiliary (helping) verbs that combine with another main verb in one sentence or clause. Their meaning tells us about the speaker’s attitude or feelings regarding the action of the verb

Deutsche Modalverben – German Modal Verbs

  • sollen – should
  • wollen – want
  • müssen – must/have to
  • können – can
  • dürfen – to be allowed
  • mögen – to like
  • möchten – would like

Beispiele – Examples

  • Ich will Deutsch lernen. – I want to learn German.
  • Ich muss Deutsch lernen.- I have to learn German.
  • Ich darf Deutsch lernen.- I am allowed to learn German.
  • Ich möchte Deutsch lernen.- I would like to learn German.
  • Ich soll Deutsch lernen.- I should learn German.

3 Regeln für Deutsche Modalverben

3 Rules for German Modal Verbs


1) The full verb is at the end of the sentence.

2) The first and third person have the same verb ending:
Ich muss = er/sie/es muss
Ich kann = er/sie/es kann
Ich darf = er/sie/es darf

3) If the second verb is obvious, you can omit it, for example:
Kannst du Deutsch? – Can you (speak) German?

That was my small Introduction about the German Modal Verbs in general. If you feel ready, follow the links down to learn more about the different German Modal Verbs and how to conjugate them.

“wollen” (to want)

“können” (can)

“müssen” (have to/ must)

“dürfen” (to be allowed to do something/ may)

“mögen” (to like)


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