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German Grammar: Die Position der Verben
The position of the verbs
In German sentences, the position of the verb is extremely important.
These following three are the most frequent type of sentences. Observe the position of the verb in each:
1. Main clauses
Meine Schwerster wohnt in Berlin.
Hast du Kinder?
Wo arbeitest du?
You can't choose where to put the verb in German!
In a nutshell: Always put the verb in the second position and invert verb and subject to make yes/no-questions.
I'm not sure I understand why you say the verb is in the second position in Meine Schwester wohnt in Berlin. Isn't it in the third position?
Ah, we don't mean literally the second word. Meine Schwester here counts as one thing, or fills one position. It is the subject of the sentence. German is a subject-verb-object (SVO) language, same as English.
Aaah now I get it!
Also, making questions in German is much easier than in English, isn't it? No extra helping words needed and the verb is at the very front!
Yeah, I suppose that's easy enough. By the way, what's a "main clause"?
For now, it is enough to say "main clauses" are normal clauses. When we learn "subordinate clauses", we will go deeper into that.