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Ich sollte gehen / why past tense?



I was thinking about this sentence.

Why exactly do we use “Sollen” in past tense?

Normally, this sentence is being used in the present.


Hallo RexV,

This actually isn't a regular past tense here; instead, it's in a form subjunctive called Konjunktiv II, which is like the conditional in English. So Ich sollte gehen is the equivalent of "I should go" in English.

You can find a brief explanation on the Konjunktiv II form of sollen in the section "SOLLEN vs. SOLLTEN" in Lesson 6.8 Helping Verbs: KÖNNEN and SOLLEN (, which will hopefully make things a bit clearer.

I hope that this was helpful!



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