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Exercise

Select the correct question-word.

  1. bist du gewesen? – In meinem Zimmer.[Where have you been? - In my room.]|asking about place
  2. hat dieses Bild gemalt? – Albrecht Dürer.[Who painted this picture? - Albrecht Dürer.]|asking about a person
  3. musst du morgens aufstehen? – Um sechs.[When do you have to get up in the morning? - At six.]|asking about time
  4. haben Sie gesagt? – Nichts.[What did you say? - Nothing.]|asking about the accusative object, not a person
  5. heißt sie? – Laura.[What is her name? - Laura.]|asking for a name - we always use wie with heißen

Yes-No Questions – Using the words in parentheses, construct questions that could be answered with “yes” or “no”.

  1. (du/haben/Durst) [Are you thirsty?]|finite verb + subject + object
  2. (das Auto/sein/kaputt) [Is the car broken down?]|finite verb + subject + adjective
  3. (ihr/gehen einkaufen/nachher) [Are you going shopping later?]|finite verb + subject + time + infinite verb
  4. (er/sprechen/Deutsch) [Does he speak German?]|finite verb + subject + object
  5. (du/hören/die Musik) [Do you hear the music?]|finite verb + subject + object

Ask about the part of the sentence that’s underlined.

  1. Die Kinder gehen in die Schule. → [Where are the children going?]|asking about place (direction) → wohin
  2. Hier ist das Rauchen verboten. → [What is forbidden here?]|asking about a subject that’s not a person → was
  3. Das ist Gabis Jacke. → [Whose jacket is this?]|asking about possession → wessen
  4. Wir haben einen Deutschtest geschrieben. → [Who took a German test?]|asking about a subject that is a person → wer|with wer, the verb is always in the 3rd person singular
  5. Sie lachen über ihren Witz. → [What are they laughing about?]|über was is very colloquial; it’s better to say wo + preposition|since the preposition begins with a vowel, we add an r before it → worüber