Learn how to ask "who" in Spanish
To ask who in Spanish we use the interrogative pronouns "quién" and "quiénes".
We use quién to ask who in singular, for example:
We use the form quiénes to ask who in plural, i.e. referring to more than one person. For example:
It's important to note that when we ask who in plural, the verb needs to be conjugated in plural too:
¿Quién es ese chico?
Who's that boy?
¿Quiénes son esos chicos?
Who are those boys?
Something to bear in mind is that in English you might use who and the verb in singular while in Spanish the same question may use quiénes with a verb in plural if the speaker is referring to a who directed to more than one person.
For example, if you are in a party and want to ask in general who wants cake, you'd normally formulate the question in singular, like in English:
But this could also be formulated in plural in Spanish if we already know that there are several people who do want cake; so we'd say:
However, this plural question still uses the singular in English.
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