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 How to Conjugate German Modal Verbs Duerfen, Koennen, Moegen Do You Know How to Use German Modal Verbs? Conjugating the German Verb Wissen, Meaning "to Know" Practice German with this Shopping Lesson German Verbs: How to Recognize the German Subjunctive I, II Learning The German Terms For Parts of the Body What Are Separable Prefixes in German? Your German Lesson For Eating and Drinking How to Put German Sentences in the Right Order How to Conjugate German Modal Verbs Muessen, Sollen, and Wollen The Basics of German Present Tense Verbs DENKEN: Conjugated in All Tenses How to Use German Separable-Prefix Verbs Learning the Concept of Give and Take in German German Verb Brauchen - Meaning and Conjugation How Do You Say and Use "Know" in German?