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German modal verbs – Past, present, & future

Modal verbs express an attitude about an action expressed in the sentence. German has six modal verbs. Modal verbs with principal parts Meanings (“modes”) dürfen, (darf), durfte, gedurft to be allowed to, may (permission) können, (kann), konnte, gekonnt to be able

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The present tense of German verbs

German has only one present tense. It is the equivalent of three possible forms in English. ich sage I say I am saying I do say In addition, the German present tense is often used, frequently with specific adverbials of time,

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Introduction to German verbs

Intro to German verbs

What are verbs? Verbs are words that express actions, processes, or states of being. The verb form that you will find in your vocabulary list and in dictionaries is called the infinitive. While in English the infinitive of a verb

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Compound nouns in German

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Top German verbs: Scavenger hunt

Top German verbs are from Tschirner & Jones’ Frequency Dictionary of German I posted a list of the top 100 German verbs a while back. It’s time to return to that list and do some more work with German verbs. Every

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Top 100 German verbs

This verb list comes from Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner’s A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners, which lists the 4034 (!) most commonly used words in German. We’ll be doing lots of fun things with this list with

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studieren vs lernen

In English, “to study” means to learn, read, memorize, practice, and reflect on a subject. In German, the verb lernen is used to talk about these learning activities. Wir lernen Deutsch. We are learning German. (i.e. as a general activity:

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