How do I use the verb vermögen? In my dictionary it functions like the modal verb können.

Ich vermag es, mit meiner Freundin Jana nach Mallorca zu fliegen.

Can I remove the es and still retain the same meaning?

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    Sorry but it seems that your dictionary is from 1800. "vermögen" is (again) too old fashioned ! – Andri Dec 27 '13 at 9:56
  • Ich bin altmodisch hihi – DerPolyglott33 Dec 27 '13 at 9:58
  • @Andri Das Nomen Vermögen aber nicht, oder? – c.p. Dec 27 '13 at 10:18
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    Note that it does actually not function like "können". Because it uses "zu". It just means the same. – Emanuel Dec 27 '13 at 11:02
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    In fact I would prefer to remove the "es". In this case the comma may be dropped as "vermögen" then acts like an auxiliary. – Hagen von Eitzen Dec 27 '13 at 15:21

You can abolish the es. Example: "Wer vermag mich zu töten?" (from an old fashioned german fairytale)

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