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Modal Verbs Confusion

Is it indeed true that there are two ways to use modal verbs in German? Yes. The difference is the viewpoint. Compare. Ich habe einen Kuchen backen müssen. This means that both events, the ...
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Modal Verbs Confusion

Correct, no other tense works like this because no other tense than the perfect uses a present-tense finite verb. The ambiguity in construction arises because two different ways of constructing verb ...
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Modal Verbs Confusion

Well, sometimes. The two first examples are correct but no one would talk like in the second sentence. In your example "gebacken" already expresses a completed action in which there is a ...
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