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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 mustn't go there.
You don't have to go there.
You must have gone there.
You can't have gone there.
Du darfst so etwas nicht tun.
You must do something like that.
You won't do that kind of thing.
You needn't do anything like that.
You mustn't do a thing like that.
Wir haben nach Hause fahren müssen.
We must have driven home.
We had to drive home.
We drove home because we had to.
We were told to drive home.
Ich habe das immer tun wollen.
I always did that.
I will always do that.
I've always wanted to do that.
I shall always do that.
Er will den Mord selber gesehen haben.
He wishes he'd seen the murder himself.
He claims to have seen the murder himself.
He wants to see the murderer himself.
He would just love to see a murder.
Sie muß da gewesen sein.
She had to be there.
She must have seen it.
She has had to go there.
She must have been there.
Ich weiß, dass ich das viel früher hätte tun sollen.
I know I should have done that much earlier.
I know I did that far too early.
I know that it should have happened much sooner.
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 might have been able to repair it.
I don't know if I could repair it.
I don't know when I'll be able to repair it.
I don't know if I could have repaired it.
Mögen sie noch so fleißig arbeiten, das Auto wird erst morgen wieder in Ordnung sein.
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 enjoy working hard, so the car may be running again 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?
Are you telling us we're all crazy?
You think we are all quite simply crazy?
You want to drive us all crazy with your claims?
You surely don't mean to say we're all crazy?
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