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Armin it totally right. However, you can always use "Woher?" because it has both meanings: "What is the cause?" and "Where does it originate?". Example: "Woher kommt das?" is equal to "Wovon kommt das?", but also equal to "Von wo kommt das?"


Wovon and Von wo denote different questions. Wovon means something like What is the cause. Example: Wovon ist dir schlecht geworden? (What made you sick?) @raznagul said that wovon is equivalent to von was, which is correct. So you could also say Von was ist dir schlecht geworden? Von wo means something like Where did something originate. ...


"Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" could be interpreted as "how long is the drive to the sea?" as well as "how long will you stay at the sea?". Which one of the two depends on the context. "Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" on the other hand is a perfectly correct and legitimate question, which leaves no doubt about what is being asked (i.e. that you want ...


Both German sentences are correct, but they have different meanings. Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? How long are you driving to the sea? – Here, fahren means the actual travel, and we want to know how long it will take to drive there. Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? For how long are you going to the sea? – In this case, fahren means "going away" or ...

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