"¿Qué tan formal es la ceremonia?"
Translation:How formal is the ceremony?
more literally, it's "What much" or "how much" -
To be really, really loose with the translation: "To what extent" or "On a scale of 1 to 10, how formal is the ceremony"
The wanted answer is a description of the degree of formality, so that you can dress appropriately, or figure out if you want to go at all, since formal ceremonies usually drag on for hours.
EDIT: My research revealed a simpler way of getting accents and other characters than the list below, so that's what I use now:
By loading the US - International Keyboard, I can enter accents much more easily, simply by pressing the appropriate accent key ( ' ` ) and then the letter. Also, ñ = ~ + n; ç = ' + c; " + e = ë. A few other weird letters still require the use of the ALT + [code]
I've been wanting to share this, so here are some important Microsoft Alt-codes for entering accented letters and unusual foreign characters. If you want to enter one, you hold down the Alt key and use the keypad to type in the numbers, then release the Alt key, and the special character appears: If you use an Apple product, I doubt they'll work. I used Alt+0161 to create the upside-down exclamation point in front of Gracias above. You have to include the "0". Also don't know if it will work if you don't have a keypad. Finally, for easier use, copy and paste, then use to turn the list into two columns or character code.
À ALT+0192 Á ALT+0193 Â ALT+0194 Ä ALT+0196 È ALT+0200 É ALT+0201 Ê ALT+0202 Ë ALT+0203 Ì ALT+0204 Í ALT+0205 Î ALT+0206 Ï ALT+0207 Ñ ALT+0209 Ò ALT+0210 Ó ALT+0211 Ô ALT+0212 Ö ALT+0214 Ù ALT+0217 Ú ALT+0218 Û ALT+0219 Ü ALT+0220
á ALT+0225 â ALT+0226 ä ALT+0228 è ALT+0232 é ALT+0233 ê ALT+0234 ë ALT+0235 ì ALT+0236 í ALT+0237 î ALT+0238 ï ALT+0239 ñ ALT+0241 ò ALT+0242 ó ALT+0243 ô ALT+0244 ö ALT+0246 ù ALT+0249 ú ALT+0250 û ALT+0251 ü ALT+0252
€ ALT+0128 ¡ ALT+0161 £ ALT+0163 © ALT+0169 ª ALT+0170 (Feminine Ordinal) « ALT+0171 (Left Angle Quote) ® ALT+0174 º ALT+0186 (Masculine Ordinal) » ALT+0187 (Right Angle Quote) ¿ ALT+0191 ç ALT+0231 ÷ ALT+0247
How fortunate for Apple users (seriously). I'd be an Apple user myself, except I can build my own PC's for half the cost.
I have discovered that by loading the US - International Keyboard, I can enter accents much more easily, simply by pressing the appropriate accent key ( ' ` ) and then the letter. Also, ñ = ~ + n; ç = ' + c. A few other weird letters still require the use of the ALT + [code]
It is offered there. Fortunately, I saved my directions in a text file:
To add the keyboard: go to Control Panel (left click on the Start icon on the task bar, scroll down and left-click on Windows System, left-click on Control Panel. Inside Control Panel, double-click on Languages, highlight US English then select options. Click on Add an input device. In the list that comes up, select US English - International, click Add. When you return to the languages page, click on Save. (optional: when I loaded the International keyboard, I removed the standard keyboard from my selectable keyboards.)
Sometimes, Control Panel seems to wander around on the interface. It's there somewhere, so if you don't find it right away, keep looking.
Thanks, Jeffrey -- but this doesn't work on Windows 10 in UK. There are several variants of English keyboard offered, but only one is US-English, and there is no International option. Also, your instructions for Control Panel are a bit different from what comes up on my system. Thanks for trying to help!
Thanks! With a bit of persistence, I have now succeeded to install it :-)
With a standard UK English keyboard you just use the Alt Gr key with the letter you want. ie Alt Gr + e = é.
For ñ it's the Alt key with 164 on the number pad, it doesn't work without the number pad.
"Cómo" is an abverb like "qué" is. This form of sentence is never used in Spain and sounds to us pretty awkward, although we heard it frequently from American Spanish speakers (especially in Mexico) In Spain we would say 'Cómo es de formal la ceremonia' or 'Cómo de formal es la ceremonia', preferably the first.
My impression is that "qué tan" is most closely translated to 'how much', and so the usage here is to ask the amount of formality at the wedding.
Someone with more experience please correct me if I am wrong, especially since there seems to be some regional differences in usage, and "cómo" is used in casual conversation in many places just as it is in English to ask 'how'.
"How formal the ceremony is!" is the word order for an exclamation only. The question word order is "How formal is the ceremony?"
In an indirect question, the word order would be, " I wonder how formal the ceremony is." Or "She asked me how formal the ceremony is." In this type of sentence, the "is" comes at the end.
The adverb 'tan' is used in Spain only in comparatives sentences meaning equality :
mi coche es tan bonito como el tuyo, él fútbol me gusta tanto como a ti,
but in America it is continued using as an augmentative, the same with 'cuan' (both are 'apocopes' from 'tanto' and 'cuánto')
eg ¡Cuán largo me lo fiáis! Amigo Sancho (Quixote said)
But, in Spain, we no longer use that forms. Perhaps only in literature.