Translation:What is it?
Unless you are given another subject, es = it is. The 'it' is understood and therefore is not written in Spanish.
Es here is from Ser (third person - It) usually meaning It is, but in question form we need some word reversal in english, so it becomes "What is it". If it wasnt a question Es would mean It is...
Q: Que es?
A: Es un perro (It is a dog)
What is it. You dont translate word for word. What is doesn't make sense in english because we say what is it lol but Spanish its the same meaning
It could translate to "What is?". This would be a rare circumstance where someone might say "Es negra" ( It is black) and you would reply "Qué es?" (What is? (black)).
I did the same thing. That's the problem with very narrow translation. In practice, there's no real difference between "What is it?" and "What is this?" except context. Suppose you were holding a Chihuahua in your hands and said, "¿Qué es?" (a legitimate question with respect to chihuahuas, IMO). That would surely mean either of the above expressions. And the answer would be, "Es un perro."
On the other hand, they are trying to teach us a language, and the absolute correct translation is "What is it?" with the "it" understood. So maybe we shouldn't play fast and loose with the answers we give.
So is there no Spanish word for "it"? I understand that "es" means "it is" and in Spanish they don't construct questions with an "it", but how would I say, "I eat it" for instance?
Yes, there are words for 'it', when 'it' is a direct object. In your example, "I eat it", it = lo/la, depending on the gender of what 'it' is. "Yo lo como/Yo la como". But Spanish does not have a word for 'it' when used as a subject, as in this sentence. When 'it' is the subject, it is implied (and totally obvious) from the verb, so there is no need for a word for this 'it'. Hope that makes sense!
Or "What is she?" -- which is what I said, but this was marked wrong. Not sure why. I mean, it is a less common question, but one of the earlier ones was "What are you?"
My biggest question is what is the difference between "Que" and "Cual"? They both mean "What" but how do i know when to use one and not the other?
Qué = what, cuál = which, generally used when there are a number of options possible. This even applies to things we don't really think about there being a finite quantity of options for, for example, a telephone number. Nevertheless, the question to ask is "Cuál es tu número de teléfono?". Which is your number (out of all the possible numbers)?
But yes, cuál can also translate to what. The general rule is: "Qué + es/son" is used to ask for a definition, for example, "Qué es una manzana?" But if your question would be phrased "what is/are...?" in English, but is NOT asking for a definition, use cuál. Example: "Cuál es tu libro favorito?"
Hope that helps!
Why can't this simply translate to "What is?" As in the conversation
It's pretty stupid.
But maybe that's not how it would go in spanish?
Es bastante estupido.
I do agree I put what is and i got it wrong. I was so close in finishing the level
But this is wrong, because I used this answer twice. But I can't understand why(
Very commonly, "¿Qué pasó?" You hear this all the time in Latin America. For example, a man receives a call on his cellphone and sees it's from his wife. When he answers, he says, "¿Qué pasó?" Literally, "What happened?" but actually, "What's up?"
Hi, what's the significance of the inverted question mark before the starting of thee sentence?
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I think what's that should be allowed (as that's what you'd say in English, rather than what's it)
So, "¿Qué es?" is, "What is it?" and, "¿Qué es esto?" is, "What is this?" Are they both used the same way that they are used in English?
It is so easy to cheat you tap on the word and it gives you the definition! Lol i dont know why i can do that.
That's to help you learn: the yellow words are new, so you may have to look what they mean and how to pronounce them, and you can check the older ones too in case you've forgotten them. You could use it to cheat I suppose, but what's the point? You're only cheating against yourself.
I answered "what is?" and got it wrong but now I'm interested how you'd word that in Spanish?