X said to Y:

Ich wünsche dir ein glückliches Leben voll von dem Gutem zu dir.

Y was hopeless, so he said:

Von was für ein glückliches Leben redest du?

Are those sentences above correct?

  • Well, no they aren't. - However, you tagged them with "prepositions" and "adverbs". Maybe you could tell us what exactly it is, your unsure about. I removed tag "translation" as there's no original English sentence in your question.
    – Em1
    Jan 11, 2014 at 20:29
  • First sentence: "voll von Gutem" without the article because there is no specific "good" to point at, also, remove the second "zu dir". The first "dir" makes that clear already. Second sentence... you'd have to use Dative because it's "von" "Von was für einem glücklichen Leben..."
    – Emanuel
    Jan 11, 2014 at 20:34
  • "ein glückliches Leben voll von Gutem" is not idiomatically correct German even after you remove the article.
    – Phira
    Jan 11, 2014 at 23:10

2 Answers 2


I corrected your sentences a little bit:

X said to Y:

"Ich wünsche Dir ein glückliches Leben und alles Gute für Dich."

Y was hopeless, so he said:

"Von was für einem glücklichen Leben redest du?"

Hope this is what you wanted to express.

  • 2
    I find the second "für Dich" redundant. The Dative make it clear who the wish is directed to. Adding a second target that is identical with the first is weird.
    – Emanuel
    Jan 12, 2014 at 22:23
  • That's right. I just wanted to make it as similar as possible to the given sentence.
    – Thorben
    Jan 13, 2014 at 19:36

Ich wünsche dir ein glückliches Leben voll von Gutem.

das Gute is an abstract noun. You must not use dem.

Ich wünsche dir gives already the addressee so zu dir is not needed (and wrong, cause in such a case actually e. g. für dich would be used)

Von was für einem glücklichen Leben redest du?

von requires the dative (von dem glücklichen Leben)

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