"Wann hast du Geburtstag?"

Translation:When is your birthday?

October 9, 2017

18 Comments
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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boban992

Can you say wann ist deine geburststag?


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

Firstly, since "Geburtstag" is masculine, it would be "dein Geburtstag". Secondly, no, you generally can't say it like that. Even though it would be understood, it's just not something a native speaker would usually say.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
Mod

    Kind of like how saying "When do you have birthday?" might be understood in English, but you'd definitely be recognised as foreign!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tasto777

    I tend to disagree with it not being said like that. But it sounds less far more colloquial than 'Wann hast du Geburtstag?" i can imagine a scene where you ask a friend "Wann ist dein Geburtstag nochmal?" (When's yourbirthday again?) to assure youremembered the right date. What i try to say is that it might not be thr most common way to ask this it is definilty used and not just a thing foreigners say


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

    Wann hast du Geburtstag is the normal way of saying it. In a few regions you also hear Wann ist dein Geburtstag, but most of the time this is considered a small mistake.


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

    Yes, that works as well


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ololo-518

    Why "when do you have birthday" is wrong?


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

    (a) Your question above should be

    Why is "when do you have birthday" wrong.

    (b) We would say "when do you have your next birthday" or "when is your birthday".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatejPavlk1

    I was about to ask same question. Why is that phrase wrong ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeddyNoodle27

    It's just not something you would say in English just like you wouldn't say "wann ist dein Geburtstag" in German.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StMond
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    "Wann hast du den dein Geburstag?" Is this correct? If it is literally translated, it can be used this way in Greek.


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

    I suppose "den dein" should just be contracted into "deinen".


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

    In English we say "When's your birthday?" often. Duo marked this wrong. Duo is wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Craig598356

    Duo's completely inconsistent when it comes to contractions. Report it as they do eventually seem to get fixed. It wouldn't accept 'When's it your birthday' or even 'When is it your birthday' either.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/k2OlI

    How fun...today is actually my birthday!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scian4
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    Morgen…

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