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Translation:Wie geht es seiner Frau?

September 11, 2017



I think that in the language learning process it's good to find common and easy phrases, sentences or questions which will act as, I would say, the "source" ones.

For example, in the case of "wie geht es..." I have always in my mind "wie geht es dir?" to see that dative was used. I will always remember this question so if I was ever confused which case I should use, I would bring this question to my mind and analyse it.

I hope that makes sense! :)


That more than makes sense; I imagine that will help quite a few people - good idea. I've done that type of thing myself a little, but shall try to adopt it more frequently.


Good comment. I have phrases that serve the same function.


Sehr hilfreich!


eine / die Frau = feminine noun, in nominative case
einer / der Frau = in dative case

Possessive article follow the declination pattern of the indefinite article (here: eine, einer),
hence seiner in dative case.


"seinem" ist männlich, ganz korrekt Dativ Singular Maskulinum des Possessivpronomens "sein". "seiner" ist weiblich, ganz korrekt Genitiv Singular Femininum des Possessivpronomens "sein".


Is "wir gehts seiner frau" wrong?


Should be "wie geht's"


Warum seiner? Ist geht Akkusativ?


wie geht es ...? uses the dative case for the "..." bit.


i am confused how to identify the cases when the sentence is a question. Why is the dative case used here?


as mizinamo has already stated: 'wie geht es' uses the dative case


Wie fuhlst seiner Frau sich?


Why not "Wie geht's seinem Weib?"


I would really not recommend calling a woman a 'Weib'!

'Frau' is the normal word for wife; 'Ehefrau' if you need to make it very clear that the couple are legally married.


In school (quite some time ago), I was taught: wie geht es mit dir? When I typed "Wie geht es mit seiner Frau" it was marked as wrong?? I realise that you can say it without the "mit" but is it wrong to add it?


How can I write a correct sentence when Duolingo does not give me the word blanks I need. I used geht and although my attempt was marked as correct but was told I'd made a spelling error because I should've used gehts. I'd wanted gehts but it wasn't there so I was mislead into thinking geht must be the correct solution because that's all Duolingo gave me to use.


Was 'es' available as well as 'geht'? You can always type your own answer anyway.


"Gehts" or "geht's" is short for "geht es". Both geht and es should have been available for you to select, if geht's was not.

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