Languages › German German for Beginners: Lesson 16C - German Modal Verbs Share Flipboard Email Print PeopleImages.com/Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 24, 2020 German for Beginners: Lektion 16C Lesson 16C: German Modal Verbs (3) In the first part of this lesson we learned how the modal verb können can be used to mean “to know,” but it has many other uses. In this part of Lesson 16 we'll take a closer look at the verb können and the other modal verbs in German. Modal verbs in German are used in much the same way as they are in English. Notice the close resemblance between these English and German sentence pairs, with the modal verb in red: Imust do it. / Ich muss es tun. - Can you go? / Kannst du gehen? Below is a chart with the six German modal verbs and their meanings. Note that each modal verb has two basic forms, a singular form and a plural form: ModalverbenGerman Modal Verbs English Deutsch be permitted, may darf - dürfen be able, can, know kann - können like, want, may mag - mögen have to, must muss - müssen should, ought/supposed to soll - sollen want to will - wollen German for Beginners - Contents Do You Know How to Use German Modal Verbs? The Simple Past in German Learning the Concept of Give and Take in German How to Conjugate German Modal Verbs Duerfen, Koennen, Moegen How to Conjugate German Modal Verbs Muessen, Sollen, and Wollen The Correct Use of Gehen in German Learn How to Conjugate the German Verb "Heissen" (to Call) Take a Crack at This Guide to German Pronunciation for Beginners Learn How to Ask a German Friend About Their Family The Basics of German Present Tense Verbs 50 Common German Verbs All Beginners Should Know Your German Lesson For Eating and Drinking The Common German Verbs Always Take the Dative Case What Are the Four Noun Cases of German? German Verbs: How to Recognize the German Subjunctive I, II What Are the Different Meanings of Dürfen in German?