"Where is the tree?"

Translation:Wo ist der Baum?

April 29, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/wryness

I'm confused about the difference between "wo" and "wohin." Online, it says that "wo" just indicates a place, but "wohin" includes the idea of movement or something like that? Can anyone clarify?

April 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jonotb
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That is exactly right.

"Wo" asks about or indicates a (relatively) stationary position.

"Wohin" asks about or indicates motion towards a location.

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"Wo ist Waldo ?" -- "Where is Waldo ?"

"Wohin ist Waldo unterwegs ?" -- "Where is Waldo going ?"

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"Wo sind wir ?" -- "Where are we ?"

"Wohin sollen wir gehen ?" -- "Where should we go to ?"

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"Wohin" can also be split up into its parts "wo" and "hin", maybe that does shed some additional light.

"Wo ist Waldo hin unterwegs ?" -- "Where is Waldo going ?"

"Wo sollen wir hingehen ?" -- "Where should we go to ?"

"Wo ist Waldo hin(gegangen) ?" -- "Where did Waldo go ?"

April 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Djenthallman
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You're right, wo — location, wohin — direction

April 29, 2017
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