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For questions about asking questions in German.

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Wie formuliere ich eine Frage über (A unterscheidet sich in B und C)

Nehmen wir an, ich soll folgenden Satz in eine Frage umformulieren: „Bei Privatkrediten werden Personalkredite und Anschaffungskredite unterschieden.“ Lautet die Frage dann „Worin ...“, „Wovon ...“ ...
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Negation in Frage: mit „Ja“ oder „Nein” antworten? [duplicate]

Wenn in einer Frage bereits eine Verneinung enthalten ist: Gehst du heute Abend nicht zum Konzert? und man die Aussage der Frage verneinen möchte: Antwortet man dann – wie im Englischen (No, I do ...
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Is this question correctly worded (grammatically) [closed]

Wer mir kostenloses Essen gibt, dem bin ich sehr dankbar.
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Can someone explain the verb vorstellen to me? When does it come with dative and other times with akkusativ? [closed]

Ich stelle euch der deutsche Gerichte vor. Euch here is dativ or akkusativ? Is there any list for the verb vorstellen and the grammatical case with ever meaning?
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How to ask for a dative object?

I know that wem is the dative question, in contrast with the accusative questions wen and was. But there is the verb folgen, which always takes the dative, e.g., in “Ich folge dem Auto”. How do I ask ...
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How should I say “If you feel it is appropriate… [then could you perhaps do x?]” [closed]

If I'm writing a letter, and I want to say something like, "If you feel it is appropriate, then could you perhaps forward this letter to them?" (Specifically, in this context, I want to send ...
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When asked “Arbeitest du morgen?”, how can one know if he's asked about the day or the action

According to the teach-yourself tutorial recommended me to start learning German with, "Ich arbeite morgen nicht" and "Ich arbeite nicht morgen" both may be negative answers to the question "Arbeitest ...
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How to use Es in deutsch

"Ich musste mich beeilen, damit ich es dir nicht sagen konnte." Why this sentence is using es. Can I ignore the es here?
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Asking the date vs. the day of the week in German

In English, if you ask someone "what date is it?" or "what's the date?", you'll get an answer like "the 20th of September". If you ask "what day is it?", you'll get an answer like "Monday", "Tuesday", ...
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What can be a better way of saying “what can and can't I do?”

I would translate: What can and can’t I do after this day? → Was darf und darf ich nicht nach diesem Tag machen? I think it is grammatically correct but I’m not so sure that’s the way native ...
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What's the difference between “schon” and “noch” in questions? [closed]

Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub? Wie lange hast du noch Urlaub? What's the difference between these two questions? Are they answered differently? Is it like one of them started the holidays but the ...
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How to say “I know who you are”

I'm writing a story where one man says to another man in German, "I know who you are." They only just met, and they wouldn't use "du". Is this right: "Ich weiss wer Sie sind"? And does it need a ...
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»wohin« oder »wo … hin«?

Once again I return to Gestrandet im Sternenreich, the translation by Kurt Seibt and Rainer Schumacher of Robert Heinlein’s story Starman Jones. Max, the protagonist says: […] wo fährt das Schiff ...
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Wie funktioniert Satzstellung im Deutschen?

Ich habe eine Frage zur Satzstellung im Deutschen. Wieso kann ich nicht sagen 1) "...hinzu wollte ich noch eine Sprache lernen und ich habe einfach mich für Deutsch entschieden." Wieso muss es ...
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How to make question sentences in modal verbs

How can I turn the sentence Ich habe das nicht machen können. to a question? And In which situations would I use Ich habe machen gewollt?
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What does “macht” mean in "Was macht Tina?”

I have just started learning the basic German language. In an exercise, I had to fill in the blank in the following question with a question word: W___ macht Tina? I saw that macht means power/...
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»Hat eventuell noch einer eine …?«

Someone at work wrote a sentence. Im pasting you the beginning: Hat eventuell noch einer eine unbenutzte ...? And two questions assault my mind: Is einer just another way of saying jemand? Is ...
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unbelebte Dativobjekte: Fragesatz in korrektem Deutsch gesucht [duplicate]

Beispielsatz mit dem belebten Dativobjekt "der Fussgängerin": Er konnte mit seinem Fahrrad der Fußgängerin gerade noch ausweichen. zugehörige Frage: Wem konnte er mit seinem Fahrrad gerade ...
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Richtig oder falsch: “keine” oder “nicht” [duplicate]

Welcher Satz ist richtig und warum? "Ich lerne nicht Deutsch" oder "Ich lerne kein Deutsch"?
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Nebensatz mit einer Frage?

Wie kann man eine Frage in einem Nebensatz erkennen, wenn die Frage nicht am Anfang steht? Wenn es um das schriftliche Deutsch geht, dann ist es leicht zu unterscheiden (zwischen 1 und 2) (HS,NS) ...
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Asking or forming a question in German? [closed]

How to ask or form a question in German beginning/starting with Am, Is or Are? For example, how do I say the following? Are you willing to be plundered? Is he coming, now?
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How to express like: “first from the start or end”?

I've split a text into 5 parts, and separated them from each other. In this way I ask students to re-arrange the fragments and ask which would be the third part of the whole text. But I did not know ...
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Asking question using “welch-” in genitive case

I don't know why but I couldn't create a question using welch- in genitive case. I think I must quit studying german for a while. die typischen Merkmale der Epoche sind oben gelistet. This is a ...
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How to build a German sentence with three verbs?

How would I build a German sentence with three verbs? For example I will begin speaking German today. with the verbs werden, beginnen, and sprechen. Is this translation sentence correct? ...
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“Wovon” or “von wo”?

If I would like to ask in German "Where is this from?", which of the following should I say: Wovon ist das? Von wo ist das? Are both sentences correct or is one of them better?
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Welcher Satz ist richtig? “Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?” oder “Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?”

I want to ask: For how long are you travelling to the Sea? Welcher Satz ist richtig? Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? oder Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? I think you need to add für.
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Hidden “if” and converting to a question

I have this sentence: Wollen wir Schritt halten, müssen wir laufend dazulernen. Is it correct to just add a question mark to convert it to a question? Wollen wir Schritt halten, müssen wir ...
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Reihenfolge der Satzglieder in einer Frage

Nach meinem Sprachgefühl wären sowohl Gehört das Buch dir? und Gehört dir das Buch? korrekte Fragen. Laut diesem Link wäre aber nur das erste korrekter Satzbau. Ist das zweite dann eine ...
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Ist es möglich, “aus wessen Schuld” zu fragen?

Ich möchte wissen, ob folgende Sätze auf Deutsch richtig sind: Aus wessen Schuld tun Sie es dann? Ich weiß nicht, aus wessen Schuld. Aus wessen Schuld bist du nicht gekommen? Es gäbe ...
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What is the meaning of the following question? [closed]

Was hast du da alles gemacht? I know that alles means ‘all’ and gemacht means ‘doing’ or ‘making’, and of course Was means ‘what’ and hast means past of haben. And how can one answer this question? ...
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How to answer a question in the superlative form?

Wann machst du am liebsten Ferien, im Sommer, im Winter, im Herbst oder im Fruhling ? How can I answer the above question in a complete sentence. I want to say that in winter is the best vacation. ...
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Could also to be used “was” instead “wie”? [duplicate]

In English one asks "what's your name?"(the same pattern in my mother language) but why german uses "wie" i.e. "how", this question word seems to me fine when asking one's age, but to get information ...
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How to use “nicht” in questions? [duplicate]

Where should I put nicht in question sentences? For example, would I translate "Why haven't you done?" as "Warum hast nicht du gemacht?", i.e. putting nicht after the conjugated verb?
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“Norminative(Subjekt)”, “Dative”, “Accusative” together cause confusion about the proper word order

In today's German course, we learned the order of "Dative" and "Accusative" after a verb. The four sentences below, 1.1 - 1.4, are correct and have the same logical meaning: 1.1 Frau Schneider ...
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“Wo kommen Sie her?” or “Woher kommen Sie?” — What is the difference?

I have learned that when someone wants to know where a person comes from, one must ask: Woher kommen Sie? A lot of people have asked me: Wo kommst du her? or Wo kommen Sie her? ...
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Do I have to state “am Wochenende” in my answer?

So if I am asked the question: Was sollen Sie am Wochenende alles tun? I respond with: Ich soll schwimmen gehen. Where can I put Wochenende in my answer, or don't I need to?
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“Was dürfen Sie alles nicht tun?” [closed]

How can one answer this question? So from my understanding the question is asking "What should you not do?". I want to say that I shouldn't go to bed late. How would I say it in German? Ich darf ...
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How to answer “Um wie viel Uhr gehen Sie abends ins Bett”?

Can I answer saying: Um Mitternacht gehe ich ins Bett. OR Ich gehe um Mitternacht ins Bett Which one is more idiomatic (more correct) I know that time have to precede ins Bett
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How to answer the following question “Was mögen Sie alles nicht?”

The question is basically saying what you never like to do, right? So, I will answer Ich mag nicht so viel fernsehen. I basically want to say I don't like watching a lot of TV. Are the position ...
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Separable-Prefix verbs positions in an answer

When answering Wann fangen Ihre Vorlesungen jeden Tag an? Should I still put the an at the end of my answer like the following Meine Vorlesungen fangen meistens um zehn Uhr jeden Tag an. Is ...
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How to negate the following question “Scheint heute die Sonne”? [duplicate]

So if answering yes, I would say Ja, die Sonne scheint heute. but I am not sure on the negative. Can I say Nein, die Sonne scheint nicht heute. or would I say Nein, die Sonne scheint ...
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Answering Wie alt bist du?

Can we respond by Ich habe zweiundzwanzig Jahre alt. ? I know that you can answer by Ich bin zweiundzwanzig Jahre alt. Which answer is more idiomatic correct.
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»Welches/was ist der größte Tisch?« und »Welches/was sind deine besten Freunde?«

Ich lese Duden – Die Grammatik und auf Seite 308 (2.9.3 Interrogatives welcher)¹ habe ich die folgenden Beispiele gelesen: Welches ist der größte Tisch? Welches sind deine besten Freunde? ...
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Objektposition im Fragesatz

Ich bin vor Kurzem gefragt worden, warum in den folgenden Fragesätzen das Objekt seine Position wechseln kann: Kann mir jemand mit den Matheaufgaben helfen? Kann jemand mir mit den Matheaufgaben ...
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Connecting sentences into a question?

I'm afraid sometimes to compose complex questions because they could mean something that I didn't mean. My problem now is that I would translate this question Can you describe me the team I will ...
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How to ask for travelling recommendations in German [closed]

I habe keine Idee überhaupt (über heute Abend). Kann ich bitte noch mal fragen für deine Empfehlung? Ich möchte etwas mit viel spaß machen, aber nicht bis zu spät, und mit nicht zu viel trinken, weil ...
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Asking a question in german, when to use 'zu'

The example that I would like to use is: Um welche Uhr es ist möglich für uns zu treffen am Dienstag (Morgen)? Googling that question as well as using Google translate suggests that this is not the ...
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Verb takes last position in Hauptsatz. Is this possible?

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 ...
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How to make questions in the Present Perfect Tense (Perfekt)?

I started to learn German a few months ago, and right now I'm getting into the Present Perfect tense (Perfekt), so a question came out to me: How can I make questions in the perfect tense? For ...
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Questions with passive voice

Consider translating this question: Whom is she dependent on? My try would be: Wem ist sie abhängig von? Unfortunately, my grammar book doesn’t cover questions with passive and examples from ...