Using the subjunctive ii as a polite form
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Using the subjunctive II as a polite form
We use the subjunctive II of the verbs mögen (to like) and können (to be able to, can) to ask for something politely.
Könnten Sie mir helfen?
Could you help me?
Ich möchte einen Kaffee.
I would like a coffee.
Here's how we conjugate the two verbs:
We can use other verbs in the subjunctive II to make a sentence appear more polite: haben (to have) haben, Konj. II Präteritum and dürfen (to be allowed to, may) dürfen, Konj. II Präteritum.
Hätten Sie vielleicht Feuer?
Would you happen to have a light?
Dürfte ich hier rauchen?
May/Might I smoke here?
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