Interrogative Pronouns - Exercises

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Exercise

Choose the correct interrogative pronoun.

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

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

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