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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Hi everyone, I'm Sydney.
Albert: And I'm Albert.
Sydney: And welcome to Must-Know German Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 11. Asking about a person.
Sydney: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about a person.
PATTERN
Sydney: For example,
Sydney: "Who is the new employee?"
Albert: Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
Albert: [slow] Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
Sydney: The pattern for asking about a person has three elements. First, "who."
Albert: Wer.
Sydney: Second, the verb for "to be" conjugated in the third person singular.
Albert: ist.
Sydney: Third, the complement for "the new employee."
Albert: der neue Angestellte?
Sydney: Altogether, we have... "Who is the new employee?"
Albert: Wer ist der neue Angestellte? [slow] Wer ist der neue Angestellte? [normal] Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
Sydney: In this case, the word "who" is at the beginning of the question, followed by the verb for "is" to determine the person. At the end you can add more information about the person you would like to know more about. These could be details, features, or attributes of the person.
Albert: Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
Sydney: So remember to use the German word for "who" and then "is" to determine the person. Then use the complement to add more information about the person you would like to know about.
Sydney: Here is another example meaning, "Who is the young woman?" First, "who."
Albert: Wer.
Sydney: Second, the verb for "to be" conjugated in the third person singular.
Albert: ist.
Sydney: Third, the complement for "the young woman."
Albert: die junge Frau?
Sydney: Altogether we have...
Albert: Wer ist die junge Frau? [slow] Wer ist die junge Frau? [normal] Wer ist die junge Frau?
Sydney: "Who is the young woman?"
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist die junge Frau?
Sydney: How do you say โ€” "Who is at the school?" To give you a hint, "at the school" is...
Albert: in der Schule. [slow] in der Schule. [normal] in der Schule.
Sydney: "Who is at the school?"
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist in der Schule? [slow] Wer ist in der Schule? [normal] Wer ist in der Schule?
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist in der Schule?
REVIEW
Sydney: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in German. Here we go.
Sydney: "Who is the new employee?"
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
Sydney: "Who is the young woman?"
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist die junge Frau?
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist die junge Frau?
Sydney: "Who is at the school?"
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist in der Schule?
[pause]
Albert: Wer ist in der Schule?

Outro

Sydney: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about a person, as in...
Albert: Wer ist der neue Angestellte?
Sydney: meaning "Who is the new employee?"
Sydney: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on GermanPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Albert: Bis zum nรคchsten Mal!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try translating this question, "Who is she?"

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Thursday at 08:43 AM
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Hi Asmita,


Thank you for a good question. I am almost certain that many

other learners are wondering the same.๐Ÿ‘


Please have a look at the second part of the following lesson, where

articles and their use are explained:

https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson/mustknow-german-sentence-structures-3-mustknow-german-sentence-structures-expressing-what-you-want/


By the way, should you ever need info on a particular subject, you can

also make use of our search function (magnifying glass) at the top of the page.

Just enter a keyword and it will provide you with a list of related lessons.๐Ÿ˜‰


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Asmita
Wednesday at 11:46 AM
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Please clarify when we have to use die and der .

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Wednesday at 01:02 AM
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Hallo robert groulx,


Danke schรถn for posting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.


Mit freundlichen GrรผรŸen,

Levente

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robert groulx
Sunday at 12:28 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is : Wer ist der neue Angestellte?


Wer ist der neue Angestellte?


robert

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Thursday at 10:17 AM
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Hey nut,


Well done and thanks for being the first.

Allow me to make a tiny little change to your sentence, please:

Wer ist sie?


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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nut
Wednesday at 12:10 AM
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wer ist sie ?