Edit: thanks to the comments/answers, I understand now that my initial question is wrong. There is one nominative and one accusative in this question.

Today I wanted to transform the affirmative sentence

Das Licht stört Sie

in a question. But then I could not really choose between:

Stört das Licht Sie?


Stört Sie das Licht?

The first one seems to follow the logical German rules (Verb, Subject, Object). But the second one sounds more correct although it breaks the rules I know of how Germans ask questions. The first one sounds really weird to me.

Which one is correct?

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    "Stört Sie das Licht?" is correct. Dec 22, 2019 at 16:04
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    Where is the double accusative? Both versions are correct although the second one is more common Dec 22, 2019 at 17:30

1 Answer 1


First off there are not two accusatives there, das Licht is nominative.

The second one is better as others have said, the reason this is correct is that generally in German questions the word order after the initial verb is all pronouns THEN the noun subject. Sie is a pronoun and as such it goes before the noun subject. So:

Stört Sie das Licht?

is correct.

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    Sie could mean you. In this case, uppercase is correct.
    – RHa
    Dec 22, 2019 at 20:12
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    Oh ignore me I'll edit it, just realised I am an idiot Dec 22, 2019 at 20:17

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