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Asking questions about people with preposition + quién

To ask Whose…? To whom…? Who with…? Who for…? in Spanish we use:

Preposition + quién / quiénes

Read and listen to these examples:

¿De quién es esa casa?
Whose is that house?

¿Con quién fuiste al cine ayer?
Who did you go to the cinema with yesterday?

¿A quién le enviaste la carta?
Who did you send the letter to?

¿Para quién has comprado esas flores tan bonitas?
Who have you bought such pretty flowers for?

¿Con quienes vais de vacaciones?
Who are you going on holiday with?

¿De quienes son esos libros?
Whose books are those?

¿Por quién harías una locura?
Who would you do something crazy for?

Note that the position of the preposition is different compared to English questions. In Spanish the preposition always goes in front of quién/quiénes, unlike in English where if you use who the preposition is placed at the end of the sentence.
Remember that unlike in English, in Spanish the word who has a singular and a plural form: quién and quiénes.

 

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Examples and resources

¿Por quién harías una locura?
Who would you do something crazy for?


¿A quién le enviaste la carta?
Who did you send the letter to?


¿De quién es esa casa?
Whose is that house?


¿Con quién fuiste al cine ayer?
Who did you go to the cinema with yesterday?


¿De quienes son esos libros?
Whose books are those?


¿Con quienes vais de vacaciones?
Who are you going on holiday with?


¿Para quién has comprado esas flores tan bonitas?
Who have you bought such pretty flowers for?


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Q&A

William

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2017

2 replies

Por or Para with quien?

Slightly confused here. The text suggests "para" but the answer says "por"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

28 December 2017

28/12/17

Hola William
Are you referring to this specific question from the test?
¿___ arriesgarías tu vida? (Who would you risk your life for?)
Correct answer: "¿Por quién.....?
Inma

William

Kwiziq community member

28 December 2017

28/12/17

Yes, I was referring to this specific question. Can you give advice on when to use "Para" and when to use "por" with "quien"?
Thanks in anticipation.

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