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Cuál o Qué?

How do i differentiate between the use of these two words? i understand that qué just means 'what' but cuál means both 'what' and 'which'. How do i know whether to use cuál or qué?

1 year ago

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Qué is used when asking for definitions: ¿Qué es una ciudad? What is a city?

Qué normally is most often used before nouns: ¿De qué color es la camisa? What color is the shirt? ; ¿Qué casa prefieres? Which house do you prefer?

Qué also has some common idiomatic uses:

¡Qué lástima! What a shame! ¡Qué hermoso! How beautiful!

Qué tanto? How much?

¿Por qué? Why?


Cuál usually is used before es and other forms of ser when not seeking a definition: ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? What is your phone number?

Cuál is used to suggest a selection or choice from among a group: ¿Cuál prefieres? Which one do you prefer? But, ¿Qué prefieres? means What do you prefer?

1 year ago

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Gracias

1 year ago

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Try http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/que_vs_cual.htm

There are often no simple quick answers. However, a quick internet search is generally a good start.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11865022

I answer this question in the above post.

1 year ago