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welche oder welchen?

Hi, I don't know if this question is allowed, but; in plural - do you say welche sollen ich benutzen oder welchen sollen ich benutzen? if so why?

June 18, 2018



Whether you use "welche" or "welchen" is depending on the noun which comes after it.

"Welches" Kind (neuter) malt ein Bild?

"Welcher" Tag (masculine) ist heute?

"Welche" Tasse (feminine) magst du?

"Welche" Bücher (plural) liest du?

In these examples the forms of "welche" are used as questions words. You can also have a preposition in front of them.

An welchem Tag kommst du?

Für welches Kind schreibst du einen Brief?

Mit welcher Frau sprichst du?


I have just seen you have asked kind of a different question.

Just imagine a situation. You are standing in front of a cupboard and you want to ask which cup you should take: "Welche soll ich nehmen?" You asking for one particular cup. Or you ask for several cup because your host wanted you to take out more than one. Cup is "Tasse" (which is feminine in German)

If you ask for a plate you would say: "Welchen soll ich nehmen?" "Teller" is masculine in German. Would you ask for several plates you would say: "Welche soll ich nehmen?"


Plural of welche in accusative is always welche.
The form of sollen depends on the person(s) asking..

Welche soll ich benutzen.
Welche sollst du benutzen.
Welche soll er/sie/es/man benutzen.
Welche sollen wir benutzen.
Welche sollt ihr benutzen.
Welche sollen sie benutzen..


Plural of welche is always welche.

I wonder about that... I constructed these (but I'm not sure how "German" they are.):

Unter welchen liegen wir? Trotz welcher studieren wir?

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