How to ask a question in German

How to ask a question in German

When studying German, you will want to know how to ask a question. It is an essential skill for mastering your everyday life. Luckily this is not too hard to learn. After this article and the attached free worksheet, you will be a master in asking questions!

Questions in German

As in every language, there are two ways of asking a question. One can ask a closed question. This means that there are only the possibilities to say “ja” (yes) and “nein” (no) as an answer. Usually, these questions do not need a question word and can be formed with any verb.

In order to do so in German, one simply needs to flip the verb to the first position of the sentence:

 

Closed questions

Normal sentence structure:

Du gehst nach Hause. (You go home.)

Er macht Hausaufgaben. (He does homework.)

Ihr schreibt einen Brief. (You write a letter.)

 

Question sentence structure:

Gehst du nach Hause? (Do you go home?)

Macht er Hausaufgaben? (Does he do homework?)

Schreibt ihr einen Brief? (Do you write a letter?)

 

Open questions

If you want to ask open questions in German, you will need to use the right question words. In German, questions with question words are called “W-Fragen”. This is due to the fact that all question words start with the letter “w”.

German question words:

German English
wer who
wie how
was what
warum why
wo where
woher from where
wohin where to
wann when

 

Normal sentence structure:

Du gehst nach Hause. (You go home.)

Er macht Hausaufgaben. (He does homework.)

Ihr schreibt einen Brief. (You write a letter.)

 

“W-Frage” question sentence structure:

The sentence order also changes a bit here. Therefore we start with the question word which is followed by the verb and the subject/object:

 

Wohin gehst du? (Where do you go?)

Wer macht Hausaufgaben? (What does he do?)

Was macht ihr? (What do you do?)

 

As you could hopefully see, it is not very hard to ask a question in German. You can practice your knowledge with the free worksheet “How to ask a question in German” (including answers).

 

Bis bald!

Steffie

 


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