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Modal Verbs is the thirty-fifth (assuming left to right) skill in the Dutch language tree. The learner of Dutch is introduced to the modal verbs in these three lessons. The modal verbs are verbs that often require a second helping verb, but do not require the te+infinite format mentioned in later skills. All that is required is the pair of verbs.

Tips and Notes[]

Willen, kunnen and mogen have irregular conjugations:

Pronoun Willen Kunnen Mogen
ik wil kan mag
je, u wil or wilt (more formal) kan or kunt (more formal) mag
hij, zij, het wil kan mag
wij, jullie, zij willen kunnen mogen

Remember that any verbs past the first are always at the end of the sentence.

Lessons[]

  • kunnen = to be able to
  • willen = to want to

Lesson 2[]

  • moeten = to have to
  • blijven = to stay
  • mogen = to be allowed to

Lesson 3[]

  • komen = to come
  • laten = to let
  • zien = to see
  • horen = to hear

References[]

Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/dn/Verbs%3A-Modal