was für

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German[edit]

Determiner[edit]

was für

  1. what; what kind of
    Was für Getränke habt ihr mitgebracht?
    What drinks have you brought?”
    Du kannst dir vorstellen, was für ein Skandal das war.
    “You can imagine what a scandal that was.”
    Was für Bücher liest du?
    What kind of books do you read?”
  2. (in exclamation) (oh) what; (oh) such
    Was für ein Verrat! — “Oh what treason!”

Usage notes[edit]

  • The bare form was für is used before uncountable nouns and plural nouns. Countable singular nouns take the indefinite article: was für ein(e).
  • Was für is followed by the syntactically expected case. The component für, though etymologically the same as the preposition, does not have any rection.

Adverb[edit]

was für

  1. (youth slang) Used to express strong rejection of a particular word in a statement by someone else; much like English “are you kidding?!”
    Was für „immer“?! Zweimal war ich da.
    “Always”, are you kidding?! I went there twice.
    Was für „erster Platz“?! Ihr werdet letzter, Alter!
    “First place”, are you kidding?! You’re gonna be last, mate!