The modal verbs in German are:

  • dürfen (to be allowed)
  • können (to be able to)
  • mögen (to like)
  • müssen (must, to have to)
  • sollen (should, to be supposed to)
  • wollen (to want)



mögen is usually used without a full verb nowadays – ich mag dich

** möchten is in fact the subjunctive form of mögen, but nowadays it is used in the present tense as a separate modal verb (for past tenses, we use wollen).

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