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German Modal Verbs
"This quiz on the German modal auxiliary verbs is, I suspect, not exactly elementary. Pick out the closest English translation - and have fun!"
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Du mußt nicht dahingehen.
You don't have to go there.
You must have gone there.
You mustn't go there.
You can't have gone there.
Du darfst so etwas nicht tun.
You must do something like that.
You mustn't do a thing like that.
You needn't do anything like that.
You won't do that kind of thing.
Wir haben nach Hause fahren müssen.
We had to drive home.
We drove home because we had to.
We must have driven home.
We were told to drive home.
Ich habe das immer tun wollen.
I will always do that.
I always did that.
I shall always do that.
I've always wanted to do that.
Er will den Mord selber gesehen haben.
He claims to have seen the murder himself.
He wants to see the murderer himself.
He wishes he'd seen the murder himself.
He would just love to see a murder.
Sie muß da gewesen sein.
She had to be there.
She must have been there.
She has had to go there.
She must have seen it.
Ich weiß, dass ich das viel früher hätte tun sollen.
I know that it should have happened much sooner.
I know I should have done that much earlier.
I know I did that far too early.
I know that I could have done that much earlier.
Ich weiß nicht, wann ich es werde reparieren können.
I don't know when I'll be able to repair it.
I don't know if I could have repaired it.
I don't know if I could repair it.
I don't know when I might have been able to repair it.
Mögen sie noch so fleißig arbeiten, das Auto wird erst morgen wieder in Ordnung sein.
They enjoy working hard, so the car may be running again tomorrow.
However hard they work, the car won't run again till tomorrow.
They may enjoy working, but the car won't be running till tomorrow.
They may work hard, but the car won't be in working order for another two days.
Sie wollen doch nicht etwa behaupten, wir seien alle verrückt?
You think we are all quite simply crazy?
Are you telling us we're all crazy?
You surely don't mean to say we're all crazy?
You want to drive us all crazy with your claims?
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