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Further practicing 'möchten' and verb-forms

Study the forms of the irregular verb 'möchten'. Irregular verbs, as you will learn later, usually differ from regular verbs in their endings for the third person singular (er, sie, es).

On this page, you will deepen the use of the auxiliary mögen/möchten in German and its use together with main verbs. We will also practice talking about the new activities you learned on the previous pages.

To use all forms of 'möchten', study the following table. 'möchten' is not a real infinitive. It is rather a special form of the irregular verb 'mögen'. Nevertheless, you can treat 'möchten' just as any other verb.

 möchten (would like)
1stich möchte
(I would like)
wir möchten
(we would like)
2nddu möchtest
(you would like)
ihr möchtet
(you would like)
3rder/sie/es möchte
(he/she/it would like)
sie möchten
(they would like)

Note: The only irregularity in the table above is the ending for the 3rd person singular (er, sie, es). The ending is 'e' rather than 't'. Note also that for ALL verbs, whose stem ends in 't' or 'd', an 'e' is squeezed between the stem and the ending for the 'du' and 'ihr' forms.

Using the given nouns/pronouns plus a form of 'möchten' plus the given activity, form the correct sentence in German. Here, the form of 'möchten' is highlighted in blue, the main-verb will be highlighted in green.

the teacher +
Der Lehrer möchte am Computer arbeiten.

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1) I +
2) we +
3) you (pl.) +
4) we +
5) Annika +
6) they +
7) Andreas +

Translate the following sentences into German:

I would like to take a walk.
Ich möchte spazieren gehen.

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1) He would like to drink a beer (ein Bier).
2) Sven and Marlene would like to travel.
3) Herbert would like to go to the movies (ins Kino)
4) They would like to work on the computer.
5) You (sing.) would like to eat.
6) He would like to work in the garden.

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