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Modal verbs dovere, potere, and volere


Modal verbs dovere, potere, and volere

Three very frequently used verbs in the second conjugation (-ere) are dovere (to have to, must), potere (to be able to, can, may), and volere (to want). These verbs are called “modal” verbs and they can take on different meanings depending on the tense. Today we will look at them in the indicativo presente. These verbs are generally followed by a verb in its infinitive form. They are conjugated as follows.




io devo posso voglio
tu devi puoi vuoi
lui/lei/Lei deve può vuole
noi dobbiamo possiamo vogliamo
voi dovete potete volete
loro devono/debbono possono vogliono

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