Ist der Schrank denn nicht ein bisschen klein? (function "denn")

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kategogogo

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Japanese Mandrain bilingual
Ist der Schrank denn nicht ein bisschen zu klein?

Hello again. It is the word "denn" that gives me trouble. Is it a necessary part of the structure "ist...nicht" (isn't..)?

Thank you for reading my question.
 
  • Hutschi

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    In the given sentence I'd say it expresses curiosity (Wissbegier/Neugier) and doubt.
    It also depends on the special context.
    If you want to buy it, it is doubt. In a museum it is curiosity. (Or both.)

    "Denn" is necessary if you want to express or emphasize this.
     
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