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 in the sentence. However, I cannot see any word that introduces a Nebensatz, which would justify this verb’s position.

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The word that introduces a subordinate clause is the was. The sentence is missing an implicit Das:

Das, was ich am meisten an Maria mag?


Das, was ich am meisten an Maria mag, sind ihre Augen.

Other, equally valid refillings would be:

Willst du wissen, was ich am meisten an Maria mag?

Note that it is also possible to say:

Was mag ich am meisten an Maria?

however, in this case you're not immediately suggesting to have an answer, you're just asking the question.

  • so "was" here introduces a relative clause. Is that correct? Apr 22, 2015 at 12:41
  • @VassilisDe: Yes
    – Jan
    Apr 22, 2015 at 12:45

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