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A Modal Verb


As opposed to other modal verbs, this modal verb is most often used in its subjunctive form. When stating a polite request, you use ich möchte, just like the English “I would like.” Other than that, the modal verb mögen can have several meanings:

  • To like
    Unsere Tochter mag Schokolade sehr.
    (Our daughter likes chocolate a lot.)

    Der Mann mag nicht seine Kollegen.
    (The man does not like his colleagues.)

  • When conceding

    Mag kommen, was da will, ich bleibe.
    Come what may, I’m staying.

  • To have/ most likely/ supposition

    In this sense, you will see mögen with wohl

    Er mag wohl die besten Restaurants der Nachbarschaft kennen.
    (He surely knows the best restaurants in the neighbourhood.)

    (She most likely is right, but...)

  • In prayers.
    Expressed often with doch.

    Möge es doch Dein Wille sein,...
    (Let it be Thy will...)

  • Expressing wishes:
    Also often with doch.

    Mögen Sie doch viel Glück haben!
    (May you have much luck!)

    Möge er bald gesund sein.
    (Let him get well soon.) (möge -> subjunctive II)
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