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Different forms of können können volume_up volume_up  | be able

Conjugation of German Verb "können"

gekonnt Past Participle help
haben Auxiliary help
könnend Present Participle help

Present help

ichkann volume_up volume_up
dukannst volume_up volume_up
erkann volume_up volume_up
wirkönnen volume_up volume_up
ihrkönnt volume_up volume_up
siekönnen volume_up volume_up

Simple Past

ichkonnte volume_up volume_up
dukonntest volume_up volume_up
erkonnte volume_up volume_up
wirkonnten volume_up volume_up
ihrkonntet volume_up volume_up
siekonnten volume_up volume_up

Commands

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kannst(du)
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könnenwir
könnt(ihr)
könnenSie

Conditional

ichkönnte volume_up volume_up
dukönntest volume_up volume_up
erkönnte volume_up volume_up
wirkönnten volume_up volume_up
ihrkönntet volume_up volume_up
siekönnten volume_up volume_up

Attribution

ichkönne volume_up volume_up
dukönnest volume_up volume_up
erkönne volume_up volume_up
wirkönnen volume_up volume_up
ihrkönnet volume_up volume_up
siekönnen volume_up volume_up

Definitions of German Verb "können"

  1. To be able ; can. (auxiliary, with an infinitive, past participle: “können”) (to do something)
    Kannst du ihm helfen? — “Are you able to help him?”
    Ich hätte das machen können. — “I could have done that.”
  2. To be allowed ; to be permitted ; may. (auxiliary, with an infinitive, past participle: “können”) (to do something) (to do something)
    Kann ich mitkommen? — “May I come along?”
    Er hat nicht ins Kino gehen können. — “He was not allowed to go to the cinema.”
  3. To know how to do ; to know; to understand; to be able to do ; to be capable of; can do . (transitive, past participle: “gekonnt”) (something) (something) (something)
    Ich kann Deutsch und Englisch. — “I know German and English.”
    Kannst du es? — “Can you do it?”
    Das hätte ich nicht gekonnt. — “I couldn’t have done that.” or “I wouldn’t have been capable of that.”
  4. To be able to do something implied; can. (intransitive, past participle: “gekonnt”)
    Nein, ich kann nicht. — “No, I can’t.”
    Er hat gekonnt. — “He was able to [do it].”
  5. to be possible; to make sense (intransitive, colloquial, usually in negation)
    Nächstes Jahr is’n Schaltjahr.Das kann nich’. Letztes Jahr war doch Schaltjahr!
    Next year is a leap year. – That’s not possible. Last year was a leap year!

About German Verb "können"

The German verb können is one of a handfule of important verbs known as Modal verbs. Our data on the German verb können comes from many different sources and is verified through secondary sources like Duden. The different colors in our verb conjugation chart represent certain morphological transformations. These verb cojugations are derived algorithmically.