Who was King Midass' wife

Conjunctions: questions

There are two ways to ask a question, depending on the type of information you need. Whereas a yes / no question is only interested in an either-or answer, the so-called w-questions require a more comprehensive answer (unless they are rhetorical questions, of course ...) as the following top-ten list of stupidest ... ahem ... most fateful fairy tale questions ever asked illustrate!

10.the father of Hansel and GretelWhat shall we become?What should become of us?
9.the grandmotherWho is that in front of the door?Who is that at the door?
8.assWhere can the light come from?Where could that light be coming from?
7.the stepsisterWhy are you covered in goldWhy are you covered in gold?
6.the princeWhose shoe is that?Whose shoe is that?
5.Red Riding HoodGrandmother, why do you have so big eyes?Why are your eyes so big, Grandmother?
4.the wolfWhere to where little girlWhere to, where to little girl?
3.the wicked queenWho's the fairest of them all?Who is the prettiest of all?
2.Sleeping Beauty's fatherHow many plates do we have again? Only 12? How many plates do we have? Only 12?
1.RapunzelHow is it, Frau Grotel, that the king's son is so much lighter than you?How come, Frau Grotel, that the prince is so much lighter than you?

W-question words

The question word in German is at the beginning (they are called W-words because they all start with the letter w], followed by the conjugated verb in second position whether that conjugated verb is a modal verb (eg, kann, soll) or an auxiliary verb (eg, had, is, will).

When?When?How long?How long?
Why?Why?How many?How many? (count nouns)
What?What?How so?Why?
Who?Who?How much?How much? (mass nouns)
Whose?Whose?Where from?Where from?
For what?Why?Where?Where to?

Nota Bene: WHO and WHERE are false cognates with the English "who" and "where."

Who will save Sleeping Beauty in the end?Who saves Sleeping Beauty in the end?
Where does he find the beautiful princess?Where does he find the wondrously beautiful princess?


Which and who have to be declined if they are in the accusative or dative case.

Masculinewhich onewhich(of which
FeminineWhichWhich(from which
Neutralwhich onewhich one(of which
PluralWhichWhich(from which
What is your favorite fairy tale?Which fairy tale do you like the best?
What poisoned gift does the Queen use to kill Snow White?Which poisoned gift does the queen kill Snow White with? (or With which ...)
All genderswhowhom(from) whom
sleeping BeautyWho rides so late through night and wind?Who is riding so late through night and wind?
The Frog PrinceWait a minute, that's not a Grimm fairy tale at all!Wait a sec, that's not a Grimm Fairy Tale!
sleeping BeautyVery good. Who am I quoting?Very good. Who am I quoting?
The Frog PrinceOh ... who was that again?!? Wait a minute, I know ... Heidrun! Who was the Erlkönig written by?Ah ... who what that again?!? Wait a sec, I know this ... Heidrun! Who wrote the poem "The Elf King"? [lit: by whom]

Indirect questions

You can use all the W-question words in indirect questions as well, most often introduced by the following phrases:

I know / I don't know ...I know / I don't know ...
I have no idea ...I have no clue ...
Who knows ...Who knows ...
You know ...Do you know ...
I don't remember ...I can't remember ...
I forgot ...I forgot ...
You asked me ...They asked me ...
I want to know ...I would like to know ...
sleeping BeautyI want to know why no one was home on my 15th birthday!I'd like to know why nobody was at home on my 15th birthday!
(Question: Why was nobody home on my 15th birthday)
CinderellaDon't you know where they all went?You don't know where they all were?
(Question: Where have they all been??)
sleeping BeautyI wonder why they didn't know I was hurt that day!I wonder how come they didn't know that I would be hurt that day!
(Question: How come they didn't know that I was injured that day?)