In the following sentence:

Ich muss mir einen Plan ausdenken, wie ich in kurzer Zeit viel Geld verdienen kann.

Does "wie" here mean "dass", "sodass" or "damit"? Or something else?

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    What does your dictionary propose as translations for "wie"? Have you played with parts of the sentence in an online translator? I'm probably missing something, but this seems so obvious to me that I probably don't really get the heart of the question.
    – HalvarF
    Sep 17, 2021 at 15:25
  • This is so straightforward that you wouldn't even need a dictionary. Just a hint: Wie kann ich Geld verdienen? = ___ can I earn money? Sep 17, 2021 at 16:05
  • I know "wie" means "how", but how would the sentence be translated then? //I need to come up with a plan, how I can earn a lot of money in less time// doesn't sound right to my ears Sep 17, 2021 at 16:48
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    You're right that "... ,, how I can earn a lot of money in less time," is not correct English; at the least it's awkward and non-idiomatic phrasing. It's a word for word translation which is rarely satisfactory. This is something you need to get used to when translating; you need to translate the meaning, not just the words. The best, or even the correct, phrasing of the same meaning in different languages can be quite different.
    – RDBury
    Sep 17, 2021 at 20:03
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    It would have been possible to answer this question instead of closing it. I find it understandable that the OP thought that “wie” must be a conjunction and did not recognise it as a question word (or whatever those are called in Latin ;) ).
    – Carsten S
    Sep 20, 2021 at 7:37


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