"¿Qué deporte te gusta?"
Translation:What sport do you like?
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Regardless of whether or not this is singular or plural in Spanish, in English we would more likely ask "what sports do you like?". Probably the only scenario where we would ask "what sport do you like" is if the person asking had already asked if the listener liked other sports and the answer was no. Perhaps then we would single out a single sport, as in "OK, Well then, what sport DO you like?"
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To quote from the website above:
When the question implies a choice between two or more alternatives and conveys the idea of selection, ¿Cuál + verb/preposition? or ¿Qué + noun? can be used.
Also, "qué" is not a Spanish adjective. "Qué" is a Spanish relative pronoun.
I think when used in the form "Qué casa preferes" then this is an interrogative adjective. When used in " la casa que preferes" it's a relative pronoun".
"Sport" is mostly used when you're talking about one specific activity. "Sports" is usually used when you're talking about the general concept (or multiple specific activities). Since the Spanish sentence asks about one specific sport, the singular form is used.
- ¿Que deporte te gusta? - What sport do you like?
- Mi asignatura favorita es el deporte. - My favourite subject is sports.
Es verdad, pero -- does Spanish use sport/sports in the same way that English does? I know they're different languages and direct translation is not always possible, but... For example, in an earlier exercise, they wanted the "sports" in "Julia loves sports" to be translated "deporte," with no definite article. This toppled the fragile Jenga tower that was my grasp of the concept. Or is this one of those things you just have to know? Thanks.