Due to their similarity to English, the two verbs “wollen” and “werden” are easily confused by German students. After reading this article and practicing with its free worksheet, you will be a pro!

The problem of “wollen” and “werden”

These two verbs have completely different meanings: “wollen” means to want, and “werden” means to become or is used to express the future tense. Additionally, there is a problem with differentiating the verbs “bekommen” and werden which I already covered in another article. As you can see, the two verbs cannot be used as a replacement, and the only reason why people like to confuse them is English which means that they are false friends.

If you want to improve your skills, you should also check out the self-studying book A-Grammar: German grammar exercises for levels A1 & A2, which includes all grammar aspects for these levels, English descriptions, explanations, and an answer book. Also, you can take a look at this playful German modal verbs wheel.


“Wollen” is one of the German modal verbs, which means that one usually has to add another noun or verb at the end of the sentence to have a proper sentence. As it is a modal verb, it also has irregularities in its verb conjugation:

    • ich will
    • du willst
    • er will
    • sie will
    • es will
    • wir wollen
    • ihr wollt
    • sie wollen

As mentioned above, you have the two following possibilities to form a sentence:

  1. Der Junge will eine Pizza kaufen.
  2. Die Kinder wollen Eis!


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“Werden” has three jobs: It can express the English verb “to become”, it can also be used to express future tense, or it can be used to express the passive tense:

  1. Die Frau wird Mutter.
  2. Ich werde nächste Woche nach England reisen.
  3. Das Auto wird geputzt.

The conjugation of “werden” is as follows:

    • ich werde
    • du wirst
    • er wird
    • sie wird
    • es wird
    • wir werden
    • ihr werdet
    • sie werden

What to know about “wollen” and “werden”

Now, after reading this article, you can practice your new knowledge with the free worksheet “The difference between “werden” and “bekommen” in German”!

Bis bald!


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