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Ich möchte or Ich mochte

in the sentance "Ich möchte eins von denen, bitte." why "mochte" us with an ulmant ?

6 years ago

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The meaning depends on the form of the verb. Mochte and möchte are different forms of mögen. Changing the spelling changes the meaning. If you are interested in a more detailed explanation see http://german.about.com/library/blmodalv01.htm about mögen and similar verbs.

6 years ago

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It means: "I would like one of those, please," which is polite. Without the umlaut you have "I liked one of those please," which is not idiomatic and does not make a whole lot of sense.

6 years ago

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umlaut .. typo.

6 years ago

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ain't "mochte" and "möchte" the same verb? as far as I know the past form of "mochte"

6 years ago

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thanks

6 years ago
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