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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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? ...