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Most common question words

¿Qué? – What?

¿Quién? / ¿Quiénes? – Who?

¿Cómo? – How?

¿Cuándo? – When?

¿Cuánto/a? / ¿Cuántos/as? – How much? / How many?

¿Cuál? / ¿Cuáles? – Which? / Which ones?

¿Dónde? – Where?

¿Adónde? – Where to?

¿De dónde? – From where?

¿Por qué? – Why?

6/22/2012, 7:35:25 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/deneb84

De quién - whose

6/4/2013, 11:49:03 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/awesome234

This will help me a lot! I have a trick to remember what cuántos means. It is spelled like count so it means how many.

7/22/2013, 4:26:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/pra2veen

Yeah. That's how I remember it. It sounds like Quant in Quantity, so I'll just remember it like that until I get used to it.

1/15/2014, 4:18:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Photolock

Although I don't remember much, here are two helpful things I DO recall from high school Spanish:

When you see "cuándo," think "cu-when-do." When you see "cuánto," think "quantity."

And of course, I can never think of "dónde" without thinking "Dónde es el baño?"

9/17/2013, 4:31:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/SB0073

Actually, it would be "Dónde esta el baño?" For some reason, Spanish uses 'estar' when referring to location. Another exception...no wonder Spanish is so hard! :-)

9/20/2013, 7:44:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Photolock

Thanks for clearing that up. I have been regularly confused over when to use "esta" or "es." :)

9/23/2013, 11:53:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingStar08

I learned this from SpanishDict:

For SER, think DOCTOR E - Descriptions, Occupations, Characteristics, Time, Origins, Relations and Events/Event locations

For ESTAR, think PLACED - Position, Location, Attitudes, Conditions, Emotions, Death (or life)

These formulas help me keep them sorted. Hopefully they will help you, too.

8/31/2017, 10:30:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Onur_Deniz

If you think spanish is hard, try German. I wonder what's wrong with German people.

12/4/2013, 1:03:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/RUSTY.NAILS.207

If you think any language is hard, try English or French.

3/27/2016, 6:11:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Elie_Birds

"Donde esta Senor Doan-Day?" I'm sorry for the complete lack of accents; I am currently without my fancy computer

1/17/2017, 9:00:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BlueShaman

Cómo, qué, and cuál all, when translated to English, can mean what. What are you like? = ¿Cómo eres? & What is your favorite? == ¿Cuál es tu favorito?

6/22/2012, 6:23:09 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SB0073

Correction: It is ¿A dónde? ...two words.

1/22/2013, 6:48:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nekosuki
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Actually both spellings are equally correct and mean the same thing.

3/9/2013, 8:48:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SB0073

Interesting! I just checked with my wife (native Guatemalan, former language teacher) and she told me that in Guatemala they absolutely never use "adonde" as one word...always as two words "a donde." Perhaps usage varies according to country?

9/26/2013, 3:25:09 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nekosuki
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Usage varies with country, of course. Still, they are both equally acceptable according to the Royal Spanish Academy: "No hay razones para censurar la escritura de este adverbio en dos palabras, documentada desde siempre en todo tipo de textos; así pues, son igualmente aceptables las grafías adónde y a dónde" (From: http://lema.rae.es/dpd/?key=ad%C3%B3nde)

9/26/2013, 3:39:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hhirsh

very helpful summary. thanks!

6/25/2012, 5:34:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/hybridfanka

Am I wrong or we can use "¿qué?" as "what?" ?

7/11/2012, 1:58:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KonSpiral

only when "Que" has an accent over the "e" does it mean "What?"

1/3/2013, 5:11:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SB0073

Just to re-emphasize...only when "Que" has an accent over the "e" does it mean the question "What?" "Que" still mean "what" (as well as "that" and "which"). For example "Es que quiero...It is what I want."

1/22/2013, 6:59:25 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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Gracias, very helpful.

7/15/2013, 6:42:52 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LauraSilvia

Thank you this helps so much.

7/16/2013, 12:49:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/mandarq
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I've heard ¿por donde? and have a hard time understanding what this means.

9/8/2014, 6:29:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Codegard1
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¿Cómo? can also mean "What?" as a general inquiry, like when someone says something you don't quite hear and you want them to say it again.

6/22/2012, 4:30:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mh808

Manuel always said Que : )

10/7/2013, 4:52:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Deniz.y

nice work

8/19/2012, 12:58:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MechFactions
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What is the difference between quien and quienes? (With accents or without.)

9/20/2013, 2:08:06 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/SB0073

"Quien" is used when the subject is singular. "Quienes" is used when the subject is plural.

An accent is placed over the 'e' whenever "quien" is used as a question...ex: ¿Quién es el hombre? or ¿Quiénes son los hombres?

9/20/2013, 7:41:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/kimiya

Thanks for this! I get confused a lot so it's easier for me to remember if these words are listed

9/26/2013, 2:35:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mctowery

Thanks!!!! Gracias!!!! :)

10/27/2013, 12:08:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitin285

Thanks for this, questions have been trick for me, this helps.

11/6/2013, 11:20:08 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/moeljarad

Thank you for this !!

12/8/2013, 11:14:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonHorns

Thanks a lot :D I am having problems with the questions, they all sound the same ;D

1/20/2014, 7:25:44 PM
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