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

kategogogo

Senior Member
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

    Senior Member
    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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