I have this link for the german case tables and according to it we should use whelche for neuter nouns. Is it wrong so? http://esl.fis.edu/learners/fis/german/kasus/caseTables.htm
If you were watching children playing Hide-and-go-seek the ist es would be important information.
More importantly, even though you might not use a particular sentence--because it's weird or you are never in an appropriate context/situation--doesn't make it invalid for teaching grammar and vocabulary. Once you understand the construction of Welches Kind ist es, you can easily construct Welches Kind ist krank or Welches Kind war traurig or Welcher Hund ist tot.
Yes, it's the same thing I wanted to ask. I'm not a native speaker of English and I could think of two cases only. Not sure if they are correct, though: 1) "which child is it most important to send to school ? 2) "One child has mumps !" and you ask : "Which child is it ?".
Because "Kind" is tied to the neutral gender, the latter half of the sentence must reflect this. For example, If the sentence were to ask "which boy is he?", it would translate to "Welcher Junge ist ER", reflecting the masculine gender in both the first and second half of the sentence where the boy is referenced. "Es" in the sentence given can be representative of he or she in this situation, as it is representative of a person. However, because the gender is neutral (and unknown) "es" is used.
being italian maybe I've should not have taken a German - English course. However here I am, and I hope somebody can explain me whether the phrase "which child is it" is complete or not. I thought you need it to continue or be connected to a previous phrase. For instance:
1) "which child is it most important to send to school ? This is complete.
2) "One child has mumps !" and you ask : "Which child is it ?".
Are these exemples correct ? And above all: Does German work in the same way ? Does the german phrase "Welches Kind ist es ?" need a previous sentence talking about that child ? Many thanks.
None of above questions is common in English. In first case, you put your question as: Who is the most important child to be sent to school? In second case, you would simply ask: Which child? The only common question with "it" refering to a "maybe" person, as far as I can think of, is when somebody knocks on your door and before opning you ask "Who is it?"