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When and If

So I am doing the reverse tree and I encountered this question: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5022351

I thought wann=when and wenn=if

But...... that discussion says otherwise. Can someone explain that?

July 8, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

Wann is only used when asking questions, or talking about indirect questions.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

Can you give an example of indirect questions?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

"Don't call me when I'm at the office". "Wenn" means "when" in the sense of "don't call me when I'm at the office." The same as in English, the person is already there, so "Wann would be the wroing word. Eg. Wann kommst du? (when are you coming? ) Wenn ich komme, werde ich Wein bringen (If I come, I'll bring wine). HTH


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

So "wenn" is sort of used for temporary things? Like I might be at the office don't call me, but it's ok to call me when I'm home?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fischerfs

I believe you use 'wenn' any time you could use 'if' instead of 'when'. That's what I've gone by.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

It's more like " Don't call me when/if I'm at the office. Either word is OK in English., right? Not so in German. "Wann" is mostly an inquiry (at what time) whereas "wenn" is more conditional, so it's usually translated "if".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

So can I use "wenn" in any case other than asking what time something is?

But wann is only used in certain cases?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

Well, you wouldn't use "wenn" for like Wann gehen wir zum Strand? If you use "wenn" it would be "Wenn wir zum Strand gehen..." The Wann sentence asks what time are we going to the beach; the Wenn sentence states If we go to the beach...

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