Video Lesson V-G0009die Modalverben 1/6modal verbs 1/6
The modal verbs wollen and möchten
Hi this is Kirsten. Welcome to the first of six videos about „Modalverben“ modalverbs.Modalverbs change the meaning of a sentence. In most sentences with modalverbs you will find twoverbs, the modalverb which will be conjugated and a verb in its infinitiv.Modalverbs can have six different meanings:1)a wish2)a possibility, an ability3)an offer, a demand4)an advice5)a need6)a permission, a prohibitionIn this first video we will learn the modalverb for expressing a wish. The two modalverbs in germanfor expressing a wish are wollen and möchten. Wollen is considered as a bit rude and can be besttranslated with „to want something“. möchten is more polite and can be translated with „would liketo“.As I already mentioned, the modalverb will be conjugated in the sentence and the verb you usestays in its infinitiv. Here is an example:I want to sleep.Ich will schlafen.The modalverb „wollen“ is conjugated in the first person singular, present tense. The verb„schlafen“ to sleep is in its infinitiv. Second example:You want to sleep.Du willst schlafen.This time „wollen“ is conjugated in the second person singular, present tense. The verb „schlafen“stays in the infinitiv.
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