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What is the meaning of the following question?

Was hast du da alles gemacht? I know that alles means ‘all’ and gemacht means ‘doing’ or ‘making’, and of course Was means ‘what’ and hast means past of haben. And how can one answer this ...
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How to answer a question in the superlative form?

Wann machst du am liebsten Ferien, im Sommer, im Winter, im Herbst oder im Fruhling ? How can I answer the above question in a complete sentence. I want to say that in winter is the best vacation. ...
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Could also to be used “was” instead “wie”? [duplicate]

In English one asks "what's your name?"(the same pattern in my mother language) but why german uses "wie" i.e. "how", this question word seems to me fine when asking one's age, but to get information ...
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How to use “nicht” in questions? [duplicate]

Where should I put nicht in question sentences? For example, would I translate "Why haven't you done?" as "Warum hast nicht du gemacht?", i.e. putting nicht after the conjugated verb?
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“Norminative(Subjekt)”, “Dative”, “Accusative” together cause confusion about the proper word order

In today's German course, we learned the order of "Dative" and "Accusative" after a verb. The four sentences below, 1.1 - 1.4, are correct and have the same logical meaning: 1.1 Frau Schneider ...
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“Wo kommen Sie her?” or “Woher kommen Sie?” — What is the difference?

I have learned that when someone wants to know where a person comes from, one must ask: Woher kommen Sie? A lot of people have asked me: Wo kommst du her? or Wo kommen Sie her? ...
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Do I have to state “am Wochenende” in my answer?

So if I am asked the question: Was sollen Sie am Wochenende alles tun? I respond with: Ich soll schwimmen gehen. Where can I put Wochenende in my answer, or don't I need to?
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“Was dürfen Sie alles nicht tun?” [closed]

How can one answer this question? So from my understanding the question is asking "What should you not do?". I want to say that I shouldn't go to bed late. How would I say it in German? Ich darf ...
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How to answer “Um wie viel Uhr gehen Sie abends ins Bett”?

Can I answer saying: Um Mitternacht gehe ich ins Bett. OR Ich gehe um Mitternacht ins Bett Which one is more idiomatic (more correct) I know that time have to precede ins Bett
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How to answer the following question “Was mögen Sie alles nicht?”

The question is basically saying what you never like to do, right? So, I will answer Ich mag nicht so viel fernsehen. I basically want to say I don't like watching a lot of TV. Are the ...
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Separable-Prefix verbs positions in an answer

When answering Wann fangen Ihre Vorlesungen jeden Tag an? Should I still put the an at the end of my answer like the following Meine Vorlesungen fangen meistens um zehn Uhr jeden Tag an. ...
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How to negate the following question “Scheint heute die Sonne”? [duplicate]

So if answering yes, I would say Ja, die Sonne scheint heute. but I am not sure on the negative. Can I say Nein, die Sonne scheint nicht heute. or would I say Nein, die Sonne scheint ...
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Answering Wie alt bist du?

Can we respond by Ich habe zweiundzwanzig Jahre alt. ? I know that you can answer by Ich bin zweiundzwanzig Jahre alt. Which answer is more idiomatic correct.
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»Welches/was ist der größte Tisch?« und »Welches/was sind deine besten Freunde?«

Ich lese Duden – Die Grammatik und auf Seite 308 (2.9.3 Interrogatives welcher)¹ habe ich die folgenden Beispiele gelesen: Welches ist der größte Tisch? Welches sind deine besten Freunde? ...
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Objektposition im Fragesatz

Ich bin vor Kurzem gefragt worden, warum in den folgenden Fragesätzen das Objekt seine Position wechseln kann: Kann mir jemand mit den Matheaufgaben helfen? Kann jemand mir mit den ...
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Connecting sentences into a question?

I'm afraid sometimes to compose complex questions because they could mean something that I didn't mean. My problem now is that I would translate this question Can you describe me the team I will ...
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How to ask for travelling recommendations in German [closed]

I habe keine Idee überhaupt (über heute Abend). Kann ich bitte noch mal fragen für deine Empfehlung? Ich möchte etwas mit viel spaß machen, aber nicht bis zu spät, und mit nicht zu viel trinken, weil ...
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Asking a question in german, when to use 'zu'

The example that I would like to use is: Um welche Uhr es ist möglich für uns zu treffen am Dienstag (Morgen)? Googling that question as well as using Google translate suggests that this is not the ...
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Verb takes last position in Hauptsatz. Is this possible?

I took out the following sentence from a text: Was ich am meisten an Maria mag? Ihre Augen. I would like someone to explain me what is going on here. I can see the verb takes the last position ...
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How to make questions in the Present Perfect Tense (Perfekt)?

I started to learn German a few months ago, and right now I'm getting into the Present Perfect tense (Perfekt), so a question came out to me: How can I make questions in the perfect tense? For ...
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Questions with passive voice

Consider translating this question: Whom is she dependent on? My try would be: Wem ist sie abhängig von? Unfortunately, my grammar book doesn’t cover questions with passive and examples ...
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Was ist die richtige Antwort auf eine geschlossene Frage mit Verneinung?

Welche Antwort soll ich geben, wenn ich auf eine geschlossene Frage mit Verneinung eine Antwort geben will, die zum Ausdruck bringen soll, dass das, was in der Frage verneint wird, zutrifft? ...
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Wie nennt man Fragen wie »Kennt sich wer mit XYZ aus?«?

Ich meine mal gelesen zu haben, dass es für Fragen nach dem Schema Kennt sich wer mit XYZ aus? Weißt du etwas zum Thema XYZ? eine besondere Bezeichnung gibt. Wie lautet die Bezeichnung für ...
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Question word in “Wie/was ist deine Adresse/Nummer?”

(a) Wie ist deine Adresse/Nummer? (b) Was ist deine Adresse/Nummer? I usually see version (a), rather than (b). Why is it that "wie" is used, even though the question corresponds to "what" ...
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How to ask questions in German regarding persons and objects

There’s a distinctive difference between asking questions about people and objects in English: Who did you go with yesterday? With what did you go to the party yesterday? I know that it’s ...
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Wohin/wo sind denn die Kinder gelaufen?

_____ sind denn die Kinder gelaufen? a) Wohin b) Wo Is it true that both choices can be used here? "Wohin" would mean "Where have the children run to?", and "wo" would mean "Where did the ...
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How do you ask for the meaning of a word in German?

I was wondering how could you ask for the meaning of a word in German. I'm a bit surprised that a Google search for "ask for word meaning in German" didn't provide any direct useful link. After ...
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Asking someone to switch to English

Not knowing quite enough yet to speak completely in German, I sometimes need to ask someone on the phone to switch to English (as they normally answer in German). My last attempt: Können wir ...
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Asking someone if he/she likes something

How exactly do you ask someone if he/she likes something (for example a dish, a movie, a book...)? My doubt concerns the two options: A. Gefällt es dir? B. Wie gefällt es dir? The second ...
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„Danke“ als Antwort auf eine Ja-Nein-Frage

Auf eine Entscheidungsfrage wie »Möchten Sie etwas trinken?« antworten manche Leute mit »Danke.« oder »Danke, danke.«. Heißt das immer nein, also die Person möchte nichts trinken? Wäre das in diesem ...
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Why “Wo” and not “Was”?

In the following sentence why using Was instead of Wo is not possible? Wo arbeitet Hans? according to my book the only possible W-question is Wo
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“Ja, verb ich.” - which verbs work?

In spoken German, it is very common to answer basic mundane yes-or-no question with an elliptical construction like this: "Willst du noch ein Bier?" "Ja, will ich." This works for haben, ...
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How do you ask “who is this?” when someone knocks at your door in German?

With no prior knowledge of this, I would say Wer ist das? MY question is related to what I read here http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasistas#Etimologia It's a page from the Italian version of ...
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How the verb works in an imperative

I want to say: Yes, get water please in German, but I think my attempt is wrong. I'm speaking to one other person informally: Ja, bitte Wasser kriegt. Is this right? Do I conjugate like ...
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»Ich weiß nicht, ob du es weißt, ABER …«

Sehr oft stoße ich in gesprochener Sprache über folgendes Konstrukt: Ich weiß nicht, ob hier alle mit der Evolutionstheorie vertraut sind, aber das ist im Grunde eine Theorie über … Ich weiß nicht, ...
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Asking “Which [something]”

If someone is talking about something, saying: I don't like the [list] I'd like to ask "which list" in German. It's "die Liste", so I should ask: Welch-e [Liste]? Am I right? In general, ...
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“Warum/darum”, “Weshalb/deshalb”, “weswegen/deswegen”, is there a difference in usage or meaning?

We may use "warum", "weshalb" or "weswegen" in seemingly the same way in questions as we can use "deshalb" or "deswegen" in answers. Warum stellst Du diese Frage? Weshalb stellst Du diese Frage? ...
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What does make a question in German (not) rhetorical?

Are there specific terms or grammatical structures that make a question including a statement rhetorical? For example. The statement and question is Ist das römische Reich an seiner eigenen ...
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Kann man „Was für ein …?“ fragen, und was bedeutet es?

Einmal hörte ich, in einem alten Technolied, die Konstruktion „Was für ein …?“. Seitdem verwende ich diese Konstruktion für Fragen, wie: „Was für ein Genus hat dieses Wort?“ „Dein Rock ist schön. ...