I would like to text a question but every group has three items,so how could I indicate in question header that I'm implying just an option of three items?

For example:

Which three of following were the main social classes in medieval Europe? Welche drei der folgenden waren die wichtigsten sozialen Klassen im mittelalterlichen Europa?

A) x, y, z

B) k, l, m

C) x, l, k

And for the definetely true information, do we use "waren" or "zählt man als ..."? I hope my question is clear.

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    @CarstenS Regardless of how bad the title was, I don’t think you should have edited it to read this question needs a title
    – Jan
    Dec 27, 2015 at 17:14
  • @Jan, you may be right, but it achieved the desired result ;)
    – Carsten S
    Dec 27, 2015 at 17:19

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To get it out of the way: Use waren here if there is an answer that is comprehensive — i.e. there are no classes outside of those mentioned in the answer list. Otherwise, use zählt man zu den …, i.e. if there is at least a fourth class.

Your sentence with welche drei der folgenden works. But the entire thing is still improveable. You are probably best with a more liberal translation:

Welche Dreiergruppe benennt die wichtigsten sozialen Klassen im mittelalterlichen Europe?

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