A simple sentence, two ways

Wohin fährst du.?

Wo fährst du hin?

I have heard both of the above from native German speakers. Is there a “proper” version? Or is this the flexibility of German and/or regional dialects?

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Good question. To my German ears, both options sound totally fine. My gut feeling is that “Wohin fährst du?” is a tad more formal than “Wo fährst du hin?” (same with “Woher kommst du?” / “Wo kommst du her?”)

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@kthxbye Both ways are absolutely correct and can be used as a synonym.

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Thanks for the replies. The question piqued my curiosity when I overheard a neighbor shouting to his child, “Wo fährst du hin?”

Our neighbor shouts to his children a lot. We know all their names. :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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Jajajajajajajaja.
Maybe you can ask your neighbor to shout more grammar explanations than to his children :rofl:

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That’s an interesting question. But I can only agree - my austrian ears agree with both options as well!

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Much later follow-up:

I am a big fan of the US “Futurama” TV show. I probably know the first four seasons completely by heart. So I bought the EU version DVDs for the German audio and subtitles. I do two things, I watch the episodes but I also extract the audio for listening. While exercising the other day, this brought a smile to my face:

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Wie viele hier schon gesagt haben, klingt beides richtig. Ich persönlich verwende aber “Wo fährst du hin” mehr, weil es irgendwie kürzer ist. :innocent: