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First, remember that there are two possibilities for conveying past tense and modal verbs: Either one puts the modal verb into the past tense or one puts the main verb into the past tense. Compare the two English examples. I have to work. I had to work. I have to have worked. In English, the first option works with both past tense (simple ...


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Unlike in English, expressions like "I should have done it" in German are not formed with a participle of the non-modal verb, but with the infinitive. It is a special form called Ersatzinfinitiv which uses both infinitives of the modal and the non-modal verb: I should have done it. Ich h├Ątte es machen sollen.



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