Interrogative Pronouns – Free Exercise

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Choose the correct interrogative pronoun.

  1. hat den Brief geschrieben?question about the subject|only a person can write → werWho wrote the letter?
  2. Schuhe stehen vor der Tür?question about possession → wessenWhose shoes are by the door?
  3. willst du anrufen?question about the accusative object|you can only call people → wenWho do you want to call?
  4. esst ihr normalerweise zum Frühstück?question about the accusative object|you generally don’t eat people ;o) → wasWhat do you normally eat for breakfast?
  5. sollen wir gratulieren?question about the dative object|you normally only congratulate people → wemWho should we congratulate?

Write questions by replacing the underlined section of the sentence with an interrogative pronoun.

  1. Olivia kennt den Kellner. →  accusative, person → wenWho does Olivia know?
  2. Er hat die Tür zugemacht. →  accusative, not a person → wasWhat did he close?
  3. Christinas Computer ist kaputt. →  genitive → wessenWhose computer is broken?
  4. Die Schüler antworten dem Lehrer. →  dative, person → wemWho do the students answer?
  5. Meine Cousine besucht uns. →  nominative, person → werWho is visiting us/you?
  6. Das Wetter ist schön. →  nominative, not a person → wasWhat is beautiful?
  7. Sie haben Jens getroffen. →  accusative, person → wenWho did they meet?
  8. Renate hat ein Gedicht gelernt. →  accusative, not a person → wasWhat did Renate learn?
  9. Wir können Ulrike vertrauen. →  dative, person → wemWho can we/you trust?
  10. Meine Freunde sind nach Berlin gefahren. →  nominative, person → wer|To note: With wer, we always use the finite verb in the 3rd person singularWho went to Berlin?