W-questions are used when asking someone about an unknown fact. These questions cannot be answered with a simple "yes" or "no". They usually begin with the letter W, e.g.:

Woher …?

Wo …?

Wie …?


Question word Conjugated verb Subject
Wie heißt du?
Wie heißen Sie?
Woher kommst du?
Woher kommen Sie?
Wo wohnst du?
Wo wohnen Sie?


Grammatical terms in German:
die W-Frage: W-questions are open questions that cannot be answered with "yes" or "no". They are also called Ergänzungsfragen. At the beginning of a W-question there is a question word that usually begins with the letter W.