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Modal verbs and the bare infinitive
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Modal verbs indicate how an action is performed: compulsory, voluntary, permitted, etc. Technically, not all verbs below are modal verbs, but this is a linguistic issue that you should not be bothered with.

blijven to stay, keep hij blijft zich afvragen he keeps wondering
gaan to go hij gaat een stukje lopen he goes for a little walk
komen to come hij komt vanavond eten he comes for diner tonight
kunnen to be able zij kunnen niet zingen they cannot sing
moeten to have to zij moet haar huiswerk doen she has to do her homework
mogen to be allowed ik mag niet zingen I am not allowed to sing
willen to want wij willen hier blijven we want to stay here
zullen 'to' will jij zult lekker slapen you will sleep well

Komen is also mentioned in the list of auxiliary verbs that are followed by te + infinitive?. However, note the semantic difference: he verb komen without te just means to come in a literal sense, while komen te means to be about to (happen).


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