[You should do your homework.] The conditional used with these modal verbs is usually the first conditional. German verbs can move around in ways that English verbs don’t, and getting it right takes practice. Think of this as a comma sandwich: you’ll always have a verb, then a comma in the middle, then another verb. It means to "be able to". It means to "be allowed to". If you read this article on conditionals, you might finally learn how to use them! Ihr (müssen) noch viel lernen. The use of Futur II with modal verbs is quite rare. The 6 German Modal Verbs You Need to Know Now Introducing the German Modal Verbs. I've done the present and imperfect tense, but now I have to do the conditional. The tables below show how to conjugate three modal verbs, dürfen, können, and mögen, including examples of how they are used in sample modal sentences and expressions.There are actually six modal verbs in German: Type in the modal verbs in the present tense. Ich (können) dir helfen. Is it future tense? Er (wollen) nachher einkaufen gehen. This is the same no matter which kind of conditional sentence you’re building. Ihr (sollen) eure Hausaufgaben machen. Thanks… Click To Tweet. Du (dürfen) heute früher nach Hause gehen. I have to conjugate the German modal verbs for homework (dürfen, können, mögen, müssen, sollen, wollen). Its purpose is to indicate consequences, possibilities or conditions, when spoken in the present. Conditional clauses without 'Wenn' Conditional clauses can also be formed without the conjunction wenn but by changing the position of the verb to position 1. [You may go home early today.] It's a great way to describe your wildest dreams and fantasies. In German, the conditional is also used to express would. [He wants to go shopping later.] Du darfst mich Hans nennen You can call me Hans. Was würden Sie an meiner Stelle tun? Wir können Deutsch sprechen We can speak German. What would you do in my position? The conditional tense allows you to express imaginative ideas about what might, would, could and should happen in the future. Conjugating the German modal verbs is an important part of learning the language. [You still have a lot to learn.] [I can help you.] Ich würde dir schon helfen, ich habe aber keine Zeit. Let’s look at each verb separately to really understand what each one means—and how to properly use it. 2 Forming the conditional. Man darf hier nicht rauchen You can’t smoke here. German has six modal verbs: dürfen, können, wollen, sollen, müssen and mögen. I'm very confused, since we've not really come across it before, and there isn't much of an explanation. Können. Construction with wenn: Wenn ich reich wäre, würde ich dir helfen If I were rich, I would help you. I would help you, but I don’t have the time. Hi! Use of modal verbs Dürfen.