Slovak modal words express the will and the desire to do something. Those are: chcieť, môcť, musieť, vedieť, mať, smieť. All of them can be declined. Let's have a look at their declension and how they are used in the sentences.
This verb means "to want".
|1.||ja chcem||my chceme|
|2.||ty chceš||vy chcete|
|3.||on, ona, ono chce||oni, ony chcú|
This verb means "to can" or "to be able to".
|1.||ja môžem||my môžeme|
|2.||ty môžeš||vy môžete|
|3.||on, ona, ono môže||oni, ony môžu|
This verb means "to have to", "to must".
|1.||ja musím||my musíme|
|2.||ty musíš||vy musíte|
|3.||on, ona, ono musí||oni, ony musia|
This verb means "to know".
|1.||ja viem||my vieme|
|2.||ty vieš||vy viete|
|3.||on, ona, ono vie||oni, ony vedia|
This verb means "to have" or "should". Here is the conjugation in the conditional.
|1.||ja by som mal||my by sme mali|
|2.||ty by si mal||vy by ste mali|
|3.||on, ona, ono by mal, mala, malo||oni, ony by mali|
The modal verb mať is used in the conditional form, otherwise it signifies "to have".
This verb means "to can", "may".
|1.||ja smiem||my smieme|
|2.||ty smieš||vy smiete|
|3.||on, ona, ono smie||
oni, ony smú
The model verb smieť is very often used when asking for a permission.
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