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HOW DO YOU LIKE THINGS IN GERMAN? Edit Edit

Use the verb mögen to express that you like something or someone, and use the adverb gern(e) to express that you like doing something.

mögen is used for things, animals, and people: Edit Edit

  • Ich mag Bier (I like beer)
  • Sie mag Katzen (She likes cats)
  • Wir mögen dich (We like you)
  • Ihr mögt Bücher (You like books)

gern(e) is used for verbs/activities: Edit Edit

  • Ich trinke gern(e) Bier (I like to drink beer/I like drinking beer)
  • Er spielt gern(e) Fußball (He likes to play soccer/He likes playing soccer)
  • Wir lesen gern(e) Bücher (We like to read books/We like reading books)
  • Sie schreibt gern(e) Briefe (She likes to write letters/She likes writing letters)

mögen cannot be followed by another verb.

(The subjunctive form (möchten) can be followed by a verb, but Ich möchte Fußball spielen translates as I would like to play soccer, not I like playing soccer.)

What's the difference between gern and gerne? They're just variations of the same word. There's no difference in terms of meaning or style. You can use whichever you like best.

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