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Forming questions with qué = what

Here are three ways to ask the question what? in Spanish using ¿qué?

1.     Qué [verbo] = what [verb]

¿Qué haces esta tarde?
What are you doing this afternoon?

Note that when you use qué [verb] it means what 

2.     Qué [ser] = what [to be]

¿Qué es la paella?
What is paella?

¿Qué son los Sanfermines?
What are Sanfermines?


Note that when you use qué [ser] you are asking for a meaning or definitionwhat is it?

3.     Qué [nombre] what/which [noun]

¿Qué música te gusta más?
What/which music do you like the most?

¿Qué tapas comes?
What tapas do you eat?

Note that you use qué to say what/which when it is followed by a noun.

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Examples and resources

¿Qué es la paella?
What is paella?


¿Qué son los Sanfermines?
What are Sanfermines?


¿Qué haces esta tarde?
What are you doing this afternoon?


¿Qué música te gusta más?
What/which music do you like the most?


¿Qué tapas comes?
What tapas do you eat?


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Q&A

David

Kwiziq community member

29 January 2018

2 replies

Is there a lesson on how to use qué in phrases like ¡Qué bien!

Catriona

Kwiziq community member

30 January 2018

30/01/18

Your question got me curious, so I looked it up in Linguee, which gives multiple real-life examples in various contexts, so is particularly helpful for figuring out expressions. I find it an invaluable resource in general. Here is the link for Qué bien: https://www.linguee.com/english-spanish/search?query=Qué+bien

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

30 January 2018

30/01/18

Hola! We have currently a lesson in our system titled "qué" + "noun/adjective" in order to form exclamatory sentences, which works in the same way that with adverbs like "bien". Hope it helps! Gracias. Silvia.

Ruoyun

Kwiziq community member

7 November 2017

2 replies

Difference between qué and cuál

In the 3rd case, can we also use "cuál"? For example, Qué música te gusta más? Can we also say "Cuál música te gusta más"?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

7 November 2017

7/11/17

Hola Ruoyun,
"Cuál música te gusta más" wouldn´t be correct as "cuál" can´t be followed by a noun, so we need to use "qué".

Ruoyun

Kwiziq community member

7 November 2017

7/11/17

Thank you!

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