Catalan modal verbs

Modal verbs Start

A modal verb (also modal, modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary) is a type of auxiliary verb that is used to indicate modality – that is, likelihood, ability, permission, and obligation.

Examples of modal verbs in Catalan include poter can, voler want to, will, and haver de have to/ must.

The modal verbs used in the sentences below are followed by the infinitive.


Modal verbs. Examples

want Voller
I want to go on holidayVull anar de vacances
I want to change dollars for eurosVull canviar dòlars per euros
He wants to buy a carVol comprar un cotxe
On Saturday, she wants to go shoppingDissabte ella vol anar de compres
They want to go on holidayVolen anar de vacances
I wanted to go to SpainVolia anar a Espanya
canpoter
I can go to the shopPuc anar a la botiga
Where can I check my e-mail? On puc consultar el meu correu electrònic?
She can visit the musuemElla pot visitar el museu
to have to/ musthaver de
I have to go to workHe d'anar a treballar
I have to go homeHe d'anar a casa
You must write a letterHas d'escriure una carta
He must go to schoolEll ha d'anar a l'escola
We must visit our friendHem de visitar el nostre amic
They must/have to learn EnglishHan d'aprendre anglès

Observations

These simple sentences use the basic Catalan vocabulary found throughout Easy Catalan.

So, learning them reinforces the basic Catalan vocabulary, that is frequently used on Easy Catalan.

Equally importantly, the Catalan phrases used as example throughout the site are (almost) all useful.

The grammatical constructionsgused contain some of the fundamental building blocks that you need to start speaking Catalan, such as 'I can', 'you must', 'I want' and so on.