Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure if this “a” should be there in the sentence (since coffee is uncountable). I put "Would you like some coffee?" and it was marked wrong :-( I suppose that the meaning of the sentence is "Would you like a cup of coffee?", but I usually don't see it written this way.
The "a" is completely fine (at least where I live, maybe it's not so common somewhere else). I would use "Would you like a coffee?" when, for example, someone visits my house to ask if they want me to get them a cup of coffee. Really, I would say that I hear/read "a coffee" somewhat more often than "a cup of coffee."
Thanks! Since I'm not from a native English speaking country, maybe is just the way that I've associated this while learning and using the english language. Anyway, thanks for the tip :)
"would you like some coffee" also souns good to me as well as "would you like a coffee" .
I answered: "Do you want some coffee?" and it was wrong too! And I put "some" because coffee is uncountable.
So the difference between "möchten" and "mögen" is the first is giving someone something that they might want?
Möchten --> 'would' (as in would like (to)...)
Mögen --> 'to like' (as in Wir mögen diese.....)
Möchten does not necessarily mean to give someone something. I could use it to say 'Ich möchte Deutsch lernen.'......meaning 'I would like to learn German'.
"Möchten" is subjunctive of "mögen."
Since you mentioned it, past tense of "mögen" is "mochte" (preterite; note no umlaut) or "habe gemocht" (present perfect).
How do you tell if it's Sie as in you, or Sie as in they? I thought they had the same endings and stuff.
I more meant, when it was at the beginning of a sentence. Thanks though, it's stil helpful
At the beginning of a simple, isolated sentence like this you cannot distinguish the two.
Any liquid is uncountable.... it doesn't make sence in English. I myself wrote "a cup of coffee", but it is wrong here.
Apparently when it comes to coffee, many people simply drop "a cup" and say "a coffee". The same can be said about wine( "would you like a white wine ?"), or beer( "I'll have a beer") but not of tea( I haven't heard people saying "Would you like a tea"). Weird..
Ok, i think it is totally pointless just to dropped us with this thing called "Preterite"!!! What the heck is preterite and its form Subjunctive II as it states in this site????? http://www.canoo.net/inflection/m%C3%B6gen:V:haben
Yes, "möchten" is, in fact, the preterite subjunctive of "mögen." But it's used so commonly that it's often treated as its own verb. Just know to translate it as "would like" or "want," and you'll be fine. You shouldn't meet any more preterites or subjunctives before lessons on these topics.
In any case, the preterite is the past tense. You'll often see it as the "simple past" in German, as German has two past tenses (simple past and compound past). Don't worry about it now--you'll learn about it later.
The subjunctive shows hypothetical ideas or wishes (e.g., "If I lived in Germany [but I don't, so this is just hypothetical], I would know German."--here, we would put "lived" and "would know" in the subjunctive).
Again, don't worry about these until later; just know that "möchten" is "would like."
Why is it "ein" in Akk. case? I have been having trouble understanding when Akkusativ is appropriate.
Akkusativ is used for the direct object of the sentence.
I have a visitor - Ich habe einen Besucher. I'm the subject of the sentence (nominativ) and visitor is the object.
Similarly, in the example above, 'you' are the subject, and coffee is the object.
Because 'möchten' means 'would like' as in 'would you like a coffee'. 'Do you like' would be 'mögen Sie'.
"Möchte sie einen Kaffee?"
(Lowercase "sie"; "möchte" instead of "möchten")