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German Was ist?

Within the lesson I get the following question

Was ist?

the options are

What is serious? What is wrong? What is new?

Isn't "Was ist?" just what is?

December 5, 2012

4 Comments


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

Yes, it does mean "what is", but when it stands on its own, it means "what's wrong" or "what's new".


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

"what´s wrong?" would be "was ist los?" "what´s new?" would be "was gibt`s Neues?"

"was ist?" on its own really is missing something to make sense.


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

You need context or at least intonation to determine the meaning.


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

How very confusing!

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