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Warum oder Wieso?

Ich sehe “Warum” und “Wieso” used as “why” and I’m wondering when I should use which one.

May 23, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/birgit72635

They mean both the same thing, and they are really interchangeable. There is even a third one which can also be used: "Weshalb" They all are translated into "why".

Warum baust du ein Haus? = Wieso baust du ein Haus? = Weshalb baust du ein Haus? = Why do you build a house?


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

And a fourth: Weswegen baust du ein Haus?

Warum, wieso, weshalb, weswegen: The four whys.


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

You can use these words synonymously. "Wieso" sounds more colloquial, whereas "Warum" can also be used in a more formal context. "Weshalb" is another synonym, which is even more formal. You can't go wrong with "Warum", it is always appropriate.


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

You can use "warum" at all times. "Wieso" is acceptable too. It's like the difference between "why" and "how come".


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

Thanks everyone! Glad this wasn’t as confusing as prepositions.

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