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Cuál o qué with "¿ . . . es la precio.?

In the 'Business' module, I leapt in with qué, but got slapped down. How do I know how to choose?

August 10, 2012



I learned that the difference between "qué" and "cuál" is that "qué?" asks for a definition, so to say "¿Qué es el precio?" would imply that you don't know what "el precio" is. You might get a response like "Well, 'el precio' is how much you have to pay to buy something." Normally, this isn't a question most people would ask, but as a learner of Spanish one might not be surprised if you were inquiring about an unknown vocabulary word. "Cuál" on the other hand, refers to a selection of choices. In the case of prices, it's kind of like asking "Which price - of all the possible prices this item could be - is the price of this item?" We don't really think about it that way in English, but that's how it works in Spanish.

This website has more info on the differences between Qué and Cuál: http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/que_vs_cual.htm


My understanding is : cuál when the choice to be made is limited to a few things , qué when the answer is limitless . I am surprised with price that qué would not be accepted .


You say ¿CUÁL ES EL PRECIO? not with QUÉ.


You can also say ¿cuánto cuesta?...how much does it cost?

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