Verbs in questions

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There are two main types of question in German – yes/no-questions and w-questions. The finite verb is placed in different positions:

• yes/no-questions start with the finite verb:
Spielen Sie ein Instrument?
Do you play an instrument?

• w-questions usually start with a question word. The finite verb is the second element: Was machst du heute Abend?
What are you doing tonight?