W-Question “Wer”, “Was”, “Woher”

Have you ever wondered how to ask questions in German? In the previous post, the focus was on creating Yes/No Questions. Now, it’s time to ask Information Questions.

One simple and effective method is using the W-Frage, which translates to “W-Question.” Among the common W-Frage are “Wer” (Who), “Was” (What), and “Woher” (Where from). Let’s see how you can construct and use these questions effectively.

Question WordMeaningExampleMeaning
WerWhoWer ist das?Who is that?
WasWhatWas machst du? What are you doing?
WoherWhere fromWoher kommst du? Where are you from?

Structure:

Constructing a W-Frage is straightforward. Begin with one of the W-question words, then place the verb in the second position, followed by the subject and the rest of the sentence. Let’s break it down further:

You are curious about what your friend is doing? Ask: What are you doing?

  • Select the appropriate W-word based on the information you seek, “was”, and put it in the first position. Was ….?
  • Place the verb in the second position, “machen”(to do/make). Was machst…?
  • Place the subject of the sentence, “du”. Was machst du?

So, Crafting a W-Frage is a breeze. Select the appropriate W-word based on the information you seek, and structure your sentence accordingly.

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