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?
¿Qué desean de postre?What would you like for dessert?
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 definition: what 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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