Many of my my German students get those little words ‘als’ and ‘wie’ mixed up. This post is for them ☺
Using als & wie in comparison
You use ‘als’ when you use the comparative. And ‘wie’ when something is equal. This is actually the same as in English:
als < >
Other usage of als
Als = as
Als as a hypothetical comparison
Als = when
Als also means when in a past tense sentence. Als ich klein war (again, the verb gets pushed to the end of the clause), habe ich mit Puppen gespielt. When I was little, I played with dolls.
Other uses of wie
wie = how/ what?
Als ich kleiner als mein Bruder war, wollte ich wissen, wann ich so groß wie er sein würde und wie lange das dauern würde.
When I was smaller than my brother, I wanted to know when I would be as big as him and how long it would take.
How’s that for a sentence? Can you make a similar one?
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