"How long do we stay?"

Translation:Wie lange bleiben wir?

January 3, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Falkvinge

Is "wie lange" how long with regards to time, vs. "wie lang" how long with regards to distance or physical length?

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/stepintime

Yes.

(In spoken informal language, people sometimes use "wie lang" for time as well, but I recommend sticking with "wie lange".)

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rizvi17

Why 'bleiben' at third position and not in the last?

February 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

It's not in third position; it's in second position where it belongs.

wie lange? is one unit and takes up the first position of the sentence - you can't split it up.

Compare English, where we say "How long do we stay?" and not "How do long we stay?" or "How do we stay long?": "how long" is a single unit and cannot be split up.

"Positions" in a sentence count not by individual words. A group of words that has to stay together will count as a single unit.

February 6, 2018
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