"How is his wife doing?"

Translation:Wie geht es seiner Frau?

September 11, 2017

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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!


That always helped me remember the case, too! (Wie geht es dir?) And similar "hacks".

Quite useful!


Excellent suggestion!


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".


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


Is "wir gehts seiner frau" wrong?


Should be "wie geht's"


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?


Lol. Absent-mindedly chose "seinem" instead of "seiner" and it just told me I made a typo while marking it correct. I didn't even type it, haha


why not: wie ist seiner Frau? For example it functions: Ist dir schelcht? therefore can I ask: ist dir gut? I am so confused with Duo...


'How is his wife' . . . . ?


It's not ' seinem ' ( masculine ) Frau, because Frau is feminine and in the dative ( indirect object case ) it's ' seiner ' Frau.


It's not seinem Frau , because the dative for the genders are: sein= seinem, seine = seiner, sein = seinme. Such as, der= dem, die = der, das = dem, die ( plural ) = den. and on and on... Yes, the phrase, ' wie geht es ' triggers the dative.

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