wie

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See also: wîe

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch wie, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. (interrogative and relative) who

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German wiu, whence also Yiddish ווי (vi).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wie

  1. how
    Wie groß bist du?
    How tall are you?
    Ich weiß nicht, wie die Katze hereingekommen ist.
    I don't know how the cat got in.
    Wie wunderbar!
    How wonderful!
  2. (nonstandard) than
    Der Junge ist größer wie sein Vater.
    The boy is taller than his father.
  3. (nonstandard) when (in the past tense)
    Ich habe ihn gesehen, wie ich in Köln war.
    I saw him when I was in Cologne.

Usage notes[edit]

The meanings "than" and "when" are nonstandard, i.e. they violate the grammar of the language used in formal and official writing and television; the standard language uses als instead.

Related terms[edit]

Preposition[edit]

wie

  1. like
    Freunde sind wie Sterne in der Nacht; auch wenn sie manchmal nicht zu sehen sind, weißt Du trotzdem, dass sie da sind!
    Friends are like stars in the night; even at times when they can't be seen, you know anyway, that they are there!

Conjunction[edit]

wie

  1. as
    Wie ihr wisst bin ich in Deutschland aufgewachsen.
    As you know, I grew up in Germany.

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch wie, from earlier , *hwē, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. who

Descendants[edit]


Old Dutch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier , *hwē, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz.

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. who

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: wie

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

wie

  1. third-person singular present of wiedzieć