In this lesson we’re dealing with what, on the surface, seems like a tricky topic: the use of the verb sollen. We’ll learn to use the verb in the Present and Präteritum, and we’ll learn about the subtle differences of using each tense. Sollen is used to say what someone “should do”, or “ought to do”, and the key question involves whether or not you’re being given advice, a suggestion is being made, or indeed you’ve already been given orders by someone else (e.g. doctor, teacher, parent, etc.) to do it! Complicated stuff, but we’ll help you sort it all out!
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