Forming exclamatory sentences with qué [noun] or qué [adjective]

In Spanish, to form exclamatory sentences meaning What a [noun], or How [adjective] we use the pronoun qué

Have a look and listen to the following examples for What a [noun]:

¡Qué cuadro!
What a painting!

¡Qué sorpresa!
What a surprise!

¡Qué pena!
What a pity!

 Now have a look at these examples for How [adjective]:

¡Qué viejo!
How old!

¡Qué luminoso!
How dazzling!

¡Qué feas!
How ugly!

Note that when qué is followed by an adjective, it will agree in gender and number with the noun it is referring to. For example:

¡Mira ese monumento! ¡Qué antiguo!
Look at that monument! How old (it is)!

¡Mira a esas niñas jugando! ¡Qué graciosas!
Look at those girls playing! How cute (they are)!

In exclamatory sentences qué always has a written accent [´].

 

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Examples and resources

¡Qué viejo!
How old!


¡Qué pena!
What a pity!


¡Qué feas!
How ugly!


¡Qué sorpresa!
What a surprise!


¡Qué cuadro!
What a painting!


¡Qué luminoso!
How dazzling!


Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

Feas o feo?

Is it ¡Qué feas! instead of ¡Qué feo! because the speaker is referring to a noun that is feminine plural ?  
Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Pippy

Yes, exactly. When qué is followed by an adjective, the adjective will agree with the noun it is referring to. I will actually add a little note to the lesson about that.

Gracias

Inma

Feas o feo?

Is it ¡Qué feas! instead of ¡Qué feo! because the speaker is referring to a noun that is feminine plural ?  

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