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    #1

    Unhappy Verb at the end of a sentence - again

    Hey friends,
    My "native language problem" strikes back
    Q: Who has birthday?
    A: I don't know who has birthday.

    Is this the perfect position for has?My native German ear tells me to put has at the end of the sentence, but I believe it's wrong.
    But birthday is a noun, which confuses me.

    Q: Who is cool?
    A: I don't know who is cool.
    (cool = adjective)
    Q: Who is swimming?
    A: I don't know who is swimming.
    (swimming = verb)
    Q: Who is that guy?
    A: I don't know who that guy is.
    (that guy = noun(?))

    So should I really say:
    A: I don't know who has birthday.
    Or:
    A: I don't know who birthday has. (although that sounds a bit strange.)

    Sorry guys, it has just come back.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Verb at the end of a sentence - again

    Grüss dich Alptraum!

    1) Who has a birthday today/tomorrow/next week? OR a) Whose birthday is it (today/tomorrow/etc)?

    1) I don't know who has a birthday today/tomorrow/this week. OR b) I don't know whose birthday it is (today/etc)

    1) with 2) OR a) wtih b), versteht sich

    It would be a bit strange to ask: Who has a birthday? The whole world would say ¡me!

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    #3

    Re: Verb at the end of a sentence - again

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    Grüss dich Alptraum!
    No insults, please!
    (Alptraum doesn't sound cool )

    Thanks!
    Yes, I removed the "today" on purpose (I wanted to make it shorter), and of course I agree with you.
    So it's as I thought...
    Your examples are good, by the way.

    Thanks again

    Cheers!

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    Re: Verb at the end of a sentence - again

    You do need to say "a" birthday.

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