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 tapas comes?
What tapas do you eat?


¿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?


Q&A

Lesley

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2019

1 reply

When to use cual instead of qué?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

11 May 2019

11/05/19

Hola Lesley

Here is a lesson on cuál/cuáles that will help you.

Using cuál/cuáles = which/what (interrogative pronouns)

Qué can be followed by a noun but cuál cannot, In Peninsular Spanish. For example:

¿Qué casa prefieres? (Which house do you prefer?)

Using cuál in this sentence would be wrong: ¿Cuál casa prefieres?

We use cuál as which or which one when we are choosing from a group:

¿Cuál de estos te gusta más? Which of of these do you like the most?

If the options have already been given, for example in this dialogue:

A.  Aquí hay dos vestidos muy bonitos, uno negro y otro rojo.

B. Sí, son bonitos. ¿Tú cuál prefieres?

I hope this clarifies it a bit.

We will make a lesson to help differentiate qué and cuál soon.

Saludos

Inma

Garry

Kwiziq community member

10 May 2019

1 reply

cuál

If cuál  means "which" and the question is "which" flowers NOT "what" flowers when would cuál ever be used?  Tengo dos flores cuál  prefieres?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

10 May 2019

10/05/19

Hola Garry

Here is a lesson on cuál/cuáles:

Using cuál/cuáles = which/what (interrogative pronouns)

 Cuál is not used in Peninsular Spanish before a noun. For example: ¿Cuál canción prefieres? - This would be incorrect. We would say ¿Qué canción prefieres? 

Saludos

Inma

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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