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?


Q&A Forum 5 questions, 7 answers

This is not a question, but another Wow moment on how brilliant this site is! Just giving us small grammar hints is so helpful! thank you, thank you!!

Asked 2 days ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Penny

It is great to know you are finding Kwiziq very useful and you are enjoying your learning experience with us!

Gracias,

Inma

This is not a question, but another Wow moment on how brilliant this site is! Just giving us small grammar hints is so helpful! thank you, thank you!!

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When to use cual instead of qué?

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

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

When to use cual instead of qué?

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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?

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

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

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?

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

Asked 1 year ago
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
SilviaKwiziq language super star
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.

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

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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"?
Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq language super star
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".
Thank you!

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"?

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