Questions with Prepositions

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When to add a Preposition to your question?

If the answer to your question is a prepositional phrase, the question must also contain a preposition.

There are two different ways to do that, depending on if the answer involves a person or a thing.

Asking for a Person (Nach Personen Fragen)

When the answer will include a preposition + person combination, the question word becomes: Preposition + wen/wem („wem“ for Accusative, „wem“ for Dative).

Asking for a Thing (Nach Dingen Fragen)

When the answer will include preposition + thing combination, the question word becomes: wo + (r) + preposition.

For prepositions that start with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u), we have to include an „r“ after „wo“.

There is also a second version you can use, but it's very informal and some people think it sounds a bit "dumb".

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  • If the answer is a prepositional phrase, you have to include the preposition in the question.
  • When asking for a person, put the preposition in front of the question word.
  • When asking for a thing, use the form „wo“ + (r) + Preposition.

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