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Lesson 3: Talking about doing things

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Talking about what you would like to do (auxiliaries)

The exercise below will require for you to already know some of the forms of 'möchten'. On the next page, you will find a complete conjugation table of the verb 'möchten' and more exercises on using this auxiliary.

Let's have a look back on the dialog from the first page of this lesson. Mark said the following sentence after Theo asked him, what he would like to do:
Ich möchte in eine Bar gehenI would like to go to a bar.

Since the word 'eine' is unknown to you, let's not look at it now, but rather focus on the verbs in this sentence. Highlighted in blue is the auxiliary 'möchte', which means 'would like'. Auxiliaries in German are called 'Hilfsverben' (helper verbs) and like in English usually require a 'main verb', in this case 'gehen'. In German, as well as in English, the form of the auxiliary has to match the subject, whereas the main verb comes in its infinitive form.

Also: In German as opposed to English, if an auxiliary is used, we place the main verbs at the very end of the sentence, no matter what.
Ich möchte Wasser trinken.I would like to drink water. (when using an auxiliary, the main verb goes to the very end of the sentence)

Theo and Mark finally decided to go to an Italian restaurant in downtown Stuttgart. Fill in the correct verb-forms in the text below. The English infinitive of the verb you should use is given in parentheses.

Was möchtest du
(to eat)?
Was möchtest du

1) Ich möchte Spaghetti
(to eat). Und du?
2) Ich möchte lieber Fisch
(to eat).
3) Ok. Und was
(to drink) du?
4) Ich
(to drink) ein Glas Wein. Und du?
5) Ich möchte ein Bier
(to drink).
6) Waiter comes to the table and says:
Guten Abend. Was möchten sie
(to drink)?.
7) Wir
(would like) ein Glas Wein und ein Bier, bitte.
8) Ok, und was
(would like) sie
(to eat)?
9) Ich
10) Und ich
11) Danke schön.


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