The model verb “Können” in German with examples

In this lesson : Make sentences like “I can speak German” → More Examples → Quiz

German equivalent for English “Can” is “Können” .

The German modal verb “Können” is conjugated for different pronouns.

The following picture summarizes different forms of “können” with different endings for different pronouns.  Quickly go through them and solve the following quiz.

german modal verb konnen



Quiz 5.1 : "Können"

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Now that you are comfortable with  conjugation of  “können”, we will  start making sentences by “main verb” in the sentences.

  • Ich kann  →   I can
  • Ich spreche  → I speak
  • Ich kann sprechen
    → I can speak
  • Du spielst → You play
  • Du kannst spielen
    → You can play
  • Wir trinken → We drink
  • Wir können trinken
    →  We can drink

Did you observe ? ……….that all verbs are existing in their infinitive forms.

Yes, when modal verbs are present, the main verb exist in their infinitive form and they are at the end of the sentence.

Let us make a few more but difficult sentences.

  • Ich kann Deutsch sprechen
     →  I can speak German

The main verb “sprechen” is at the end of the sentence.

  • Ich kann Hockey spielen
    → I can play Hockey.
  • Ich kann den Brot essen
    → I can eat the bread.
  • Ich kann das Wasser trinken
    → I can drink the water


  • Du kannst Fußball spielen
    → You can play football.
  • Du kannst Apfel essen
    → You can eat apple.
  • Du kannst Apfelsaft trinken
    → You can drink apple juice……………………….

In the above sentences, the modal verb “können (can)” is conjugated for pronouns (Ich, Du) but the main verbs remained in their infinitive forms.

 More Examples

Ich kann Deutsch sprechen

→ I can speak German

Ich kann es Machen

→ I can do it

Wir können sagen

→ We can say

Wir können Deutsch sprechen

→ We can speak German

Du kannst sehen

→ You can see

Du kannst kommen

→ You can come

Ihr könnt nach Haus gehen

→ You can go home

Er kann es nehmen

→ He can take it

sie kann es tun

→ She can do it

Sie können heute kommen

→ They can come today



I can go to Paris
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Ich kann nach Paris gehen
I can play Guitar
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Ich kann Gitarre spielen
He can speak German
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Er kann Deutsch sprechen
I can sing
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Ich kann singen
Peter can sit here.
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Peter kann hier sitzen
We can eat
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Wir können essen
They can win
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Sie können gewinnen
We can win the war (War = Der Krieg)
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Wir konnen den Krieg gewinnen
You can swim
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Du kannst schwimmen



Next Lesson 

More examples and Practice

Learn to make questions using “können”: say “How can I help you ? ” in German ?

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