How do you say "I should have..."?

Discussion in 'Magyar (Hungarian)' started by 123xyz, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. 123xyz

    123xyz Senior Member

    Skopje, Macedonia
    How do say "I should have..."?
    For example: I should have gone, but I couldn't.
  2. tomtombp Senior Member

    El kellett volna...
    El kellett volna mennem, de nem tudtam.
  3. Olivier0 Senior Member

    français - France
    The el being a part of elmegy "go, leave", strictly speaking the "I should have ..." is kellett volna ...-m, or nekem kellett volna ... The tenses kellett volna "it would have been necessary, (one) should have" / kellene "it would be necessary, (one) should" / kell "it is necessary, (one) must" are like adott volna "he would have given" / adna "he would give" / ad "he gives".
    -- Olivier
  4. 123xyz

    123xyz Senior Member

    Skopje, Macedonia
    Thank you for your help - I now know the construction. Olivier0, your explanation has been particularly helpful - I had not realized that "kellene" is the conditional of "kell" and since the past of "kell" is "kellett", the past of "kellene" would be "kellett volna", i.e. the past conditional of "kell".

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