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"¿Cuál es la pregunta?"

Translation:What is the question?

5 years ago

240 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ContractKiller

i finally got it... Cual is used when answering from a set of options....like: "i have got strawberry, chocolate and vanilla...which (cual) one do you want?"

que is used like...there can be any possible answer,"what (que) is your name?"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mloclm

That's only true if you believe there is a finite set of questions out there! Frankly I'm not clear on why cuål is used rather than qué in this instance and maybe there is no logic to it. I've read all the comments and links but that hasn't helped me. Maybe it's one of those things we have to just learn…. however if someone can provide a logic I'd love to hear it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RoarieG

The following link gives an excellent explanation on when to use qué and when to use cuál: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/foreign-languages/spanish/spanish-i/asking-and-answering-questions/interrogative-pronouns-question-words

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/burntorangesky

Copied from said website (because it is informative):

"There are three Spanish interrogative pronouns that can be translated to the English word what: qué, cuál, and cómo. Unfortunately, they are not just interchangeable, but there are some simple rules to govern their usage.

What rule 1: Always use qué to mean what directly in front of any noun.

¿Qué libro lee usted? (What book do you read?)

¿Qué comida comen ellos? (What food do they eat?)

What rule 2: Qué is used in front of any form of the verb ser when asking for a definition or an explanation. That is, when you're really asking “What does it mean?” or “What is it?”

What rule 3: Cuál is used in front of any form of the verb ser when you're asking for a choice or specific answer. For example, consider the difference between the following two answers to a question about your address. The sample questions that generate them use the es form, which means is, of the verb ser.

¿Qué es dirección? (What is “your address?” -- give me an explanation or definition of address)

¿Cuál es tu dirección? (What is your address? -- give me a specific place)

What rule 4: Cómo is often used as a response when someone fails to hear a comment and would like it repeated. In English when someone says something you don't hear, you say, “What?” If this happens in Spanish, the one word response, “¿Cómo?” is appropriate. That does not, however, mean that cómo can be used to mean “What?” in any other situation."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyn657100
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As someone who was taught (a very long time ago) Spanish Spanish in school, I've read that ¿Cuál? to mean what is more of a Latin American Spanish thing (often used before nouns and questions) and in Spanish Spanish ¿Qué? is more often used; both question words meaning What? in English. Also "café" meaning brown confused me as well, I learnt marrón. I'm also not familiar with ustedes, instead it's been vosotros. I guess that I will be understood either way but it threw me for a bit!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cahcadden

My high school Spanish teacher was from Chile, where I assume "vosotros" isn't used, since we always skipped over that!

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Him.2

Not all heroes wear capes..

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Homer2470

Thanks ... this was very helpful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RobertGlom

I understand, but, can I remember

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandyCake

But wait...If you always use "que" in front of a noun then why is it "¿Cuántos perros (noun) comen queso?"

And if "como" is used for "what" as in "what did you say?", then why does my mother-in-law (from Mexico) say "Que" when she means "huh?" or "what did you say?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Cuántos means "how many". We are talking about ways to say "what".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeorgeDimen

probably the answer to your question about cuales is that cuales also means which. so the question is which dogs eat cheese.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandyCake

Sorry I meant "Cuáles perros..."... I think...?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/childishfrankino

I think "Que?" is short for "Como que?", which is what a lot of my friends say. But that's a guess from a non-native.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GilesRafol

Yeah I've always heard "¿Que?" as "What? I didn't hear you?" in TV, music, etc. Maybe it's a regional thing?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JellyBeanRacer

Thank you for copying because the website is gone now.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kate.heneghan

This was really helpful. Thanks. I especially liked the mnemonic device they offer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talia563793

This was very helpful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoisJenkin

Thank you very much!! This helped more than you know! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FudgeMan

Gracias

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieJenny

Muchas gracias!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stopbeingsoanno

Thanks RosemaryCh5, a very helpful website. Have a lingot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RosFrancisco

This link just brought me to the home page for CliffsNotes 6/10/17.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RosFrancisco

Your link just gives a general overview of various subjects

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot
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I'm sorry but it's 404 not found. :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot
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Thanks for this. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geotravelcat

Gracias!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/janettegro1

very helpful, thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danaL83

Its insane that i read thos as my son is watching peabody and sherman in the background

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieJenny

Muchas gracias!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrytofHanz

useful link, but it still does not answer why it is not correct to translate "Cuál es la pregunta?" as "Which question is it?", i. e. asking about a particular set of questions I need to choose from rather than just asking what the question is

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RamNagel

The context of the question, "What is the question?" to my ears is obviously in the context of, say, a classroom or an oral exam, or something like that, where the questions pertain to a particular topic. Therefore the number of questions IS limited. Therefore "cuál" is appropriate.

If the question were asked in the context of say, a philosophical discussion where a known answer is "42," then asking, "What is the question?" using "qué" would be appropriate because the number of possible questions whose answer is "42" is truly unbounded. But that seems the much less likely scenario.

And therefore "cuál" seems the naturally correct word to use in this example. To my ear, at least, it makes perfect sense. We are selecting from a relatively limited pool of possible questions, hence "cuál," not "qué".

I mean, when would one ever ask, "What is the question?" and mean, "What, out of an infinite number of questions, is the question?" That just sounds crazy and meaningless.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oftheholston

Nice Douglass Adams reference. ;-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m1c45

well perhaps we don't need to use either one in a certain place. In english we have multiple words that mean the same thing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesPatil

There may not be a set rule, but using one instead of the other may still sound strange. Like if someone asked in English, "Which is your phone number?" It would sound weird but we could figure out the person may have the intent of asking "What is your phone number?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WaaDoku
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Your explanation was the best for me. Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rinnaldo
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Someone posted a response about this that really helped me in the science section on a phrase like "Cual es la masa de la tierra?"

They suggested that "QUE es la masa de la tierra?" would translate to "What is the definition of 'the Earth's mass?'" or "What does 'Earth's mass' mean?" Like, WHAT is it?

CUAL, in other words, asks, "Hey, WHICH mass is the amount that matches that of the Earth?" (Which is like what you suggested.) Rather than asking for a definition of what "mass" means.

That is how I think of it now before I ask something starting with "Que?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jagz6509

Thanks for that,cleared this up for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adididi

So, 'que es la pregunta' would be like asking what does a 'pregunta' mean?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tprabha2

What is the question? --- Que es la pergunta What is a question? --- Que es una pergunta

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesPatil

Or maybe what does the question mean (for clarification) maybe? Given the correct context of course.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adididi

Ohh that makes sense. Thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/akkic
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then wouldn't that mean that que is the appropriate choice here instead of cual? i mean, there can be any possible question and we are not dealing with a set of questions to choose from

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phle
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agree! but i like this theory anyway, will try to stick with it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellevaldeavilla

Then why does it use "cual" instead of "que" it is asking "what is the question" so it has many possible answers

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulWhipp

But, the person being asked likely already has one fixed in their mind. (That's my logic anyway :) )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/transang.ftu

Well I've read a commant before saying that you use "qué" when you expect the answer will be a definition and use "cuál" when you expect the there will be a multiple choices or so.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rinnaldo
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I read something similar. It has helped a lot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyKlase

That's good that you get it, hope you get even better

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samsunglearn

Graçias that helps a lot :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreiGord

Thanks a bunch mate. That difference was doing my head in for a while

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/likesummmer

how clever! love it. thank you soooo much!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielpaz9

what= cuál pero también what= qué

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiniEmini

You're amazing! Thank you, I was so confused about this.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoNovice

No, que isnt used in 'whats your name? This question has a specific answer... And this cuál is used.

There is a cliffnotes.com link in this thread. Read it... It does an excellent job of explaining interrogative pronouns.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NickSeto

Thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redfishacs

Not true, "¿Cuál es tu nombre?" not "¿Qué es tu nombre?"

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elgin56

¿Cuál es tú nombre?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SwarupSen

Thanks for sharing

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IkNoDaEwAe

Hi

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephKozs

Math example: Que is continuous Caul is discrete

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gnorian

Ser o no ser, esa es la pregunta.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fabbasi

Why not Que es la pregunta? Doesn't Que mean What?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zombiesue

You'll find a lot of words that don't translate directly every time.

It goes the other way, too. I was talking to my Spanish penpal, and she said that she wanted to "make a party" and I had to explain to her that in English, we actually throw parties. Doesn't make any sense, but it sounds completely natural, doesn't it?

Some stuff doesn't translate directly.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MEGGO84

Can you recommend where you found your Spanish penpal?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zombiesue

actually, I found her on neopets.com LOL.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adoryna
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What is your nickname? or add me marrill_0

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoYouKnowTheWay6

Sup scrub

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThanKwee
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https://www.duolingo.com/hs29590
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seby-07
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You can push on the support-button on the left on your screen if you have a question,suggestion,problem,... The admins don't watch support on the comments.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mikeyinstant

not always. i would never say 'throw a party' i would say 'have a party' throw a party sounds weird to me and im english :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Maybe it depends where you are from? In the Midwest (U.S.) we usually say throw a party.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trevzilla

I'm in Vancouver, Canada and we also say 'throw a party' Different dialects in every language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linkthehylian

I think if it's mine, or more of a casual event, "have" is what I use too.

However, at least where I am (West coast), I and others seem to use "throw" when the parties are for other people. "Throw a [baby shower, or bachelor party, or surprise party]."

Neither are right or wrong, just interesting linguistics :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zombiesue

Yes, yes, English is a widely diverse language with many different phrases, etc, etc.....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cowgirlpop2001

Thats why its hard... its I don't know the term our spanish teach said about english but what about spanish? [ I don't speak it fluently yet]

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RaynaDawn304

Unless in this context ... "Let's throw a party for him."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottBrownRN

It is a figure of speech.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottBrownRN

Also to consider, figures of speech. Figures of speech don't make literal sense, but they convey an idea. In your example - Throw a party, we do not actually throw the party like a javelin, but we would invite guests, eat, drink, and have fun. Language is about articulating ideas, and there are many ways to do that. Context helps express those ideas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keshlly

Is cuál also mean "that"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAshleyYoyo

No,cuál almost always means "which" but can be a substitute for "what" sometimes. If you want the translation for "that" then you'll need to be more specific since there are a lot of ways to use it in English. The most common translation you'll get is Eso or Esa since it catches a large area of things that can be "that". If you're using "that" to link a sentence you can use qué. For example - I understand that you are here" can translate to "Yo entiendo qué estas aquí".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amble2lingo

But in that case, it would be "que" without the accent and "estás" with one!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynepDeni1

Wow a great explanation for 'that'. Thanks :))

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/melanierinm

I have no ideas on how to explain this, for me it just "sounds right" - but that's after years of studying and living in Spanish speaking countries! What I can tell you is that "que" and "cual" don't exactly correspond to "what" and "which" in English. Here's a link to a website that has some generalizations.

http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/que_vs_cual.htm

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Thank you. That is the best answer I've seen. For those of you who don't feel like clicking the link:

Qué is used when asking for definitions. • ¿Qué es una ciudad? What is a city? • ¿Qué hace un presidente? What does a president do? • ¿Qué significa "talanquera"? What does "talanquera" mean?

Qué normally is most often used before nouns (although cuál isn't necessarily incorrect and you will hear it sometimes used to mean "which"): • ¿De qué color es la camisa? What color is the shirt? • ¿Qué casa prefieres? Which house do you prefer? • ¿Qué libro leíste? Which book did you read?

Cuál usually is used before es and other forms of ser when not seeking a definition: • ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? What is your phone number? • ¿Cuál es tu problema? What is your problem? • ¿Cuáles son las ciudades más grandes? What are the biggest cities?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReadyPlayerZero

Oooh, that was super useful, thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/likesummmer

that answer is what i want to find exactly omg so helpful for me thx mate XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RenrenGabas

The best answer, by far

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wuyuting

The link helps a lot!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach671

Excellent news!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Slarson66

Thank you - great information!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelissaTol1

Cual is generally used when there are choices instead of an open - ended question. Think of "Cual es la pregunta" as "Which question did you just ask me?" The same when you ask a person's name or contact info. What you're really asking is "out of all the names out there, which one is yours?" Qué is best used to identify or learn something unknown: ¿Qué es esto?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Actually that would reaffirm that this particular one should be Que. Which is why I'm so confused. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

A pregunta is something you ask somebody. A cuestión speaks to an issue or matter. Think of Hamlet. He is not saying, hey Ophelia, do you think i should be or not be. That is what I'm asking you. He is pondering something, and sums up the heart of the matter, the “question"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kc_kennylau
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So "to be or not to be, that is the cuestión"?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

Yes! That gets mistranslated a lot, but if you are familiar with what is going on in the play, you know that it's not a question for other people to answer. Rather, it is a statement of what the "real issue" is.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A.k.s.h.

Like, rhetorical?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bigwords

Keep reading that as "Who is pregnant?" -_-

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LindsayGaleWest

so did I. I guessed and put "which one is pregnant?" haha

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xoicha

Me too! XD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViralVilla

If i remember correctly, my old spanish teacher once had to speak in front of a bunch of spanish people while she was still learning spanish, and I think she said she was embarrassed, which in spanish is "embarazada", but she said it wrong and everyone thought she was pregnant! XD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RoarieG

I borrowed this from Cliff's Notes: Most of the question words have exact equivalents in Spanish and English. But there are a few issues you must understand in order to use the correct question word in context. There are three Spanish interrogative pronouns that can be translated to the English word what: qué, cuál, and cómo. Unfortunately, they are not just interchangeable, but there are some simple rules to govern their usage.

What rule 1: Always use qué to mean what directly in front of any noun.

¿Qué libro lee usted? What book do you read?

¿Qué comida comen ellos? What food do they eat?

What rule 2: Qué is used in front of any form of the verb ser when asking for a definition or an explanation. That is, when you're really asking “What does it mean?” or “What is it?”

What rule 3: Cuál is used in front of any form of the verb ser when you're asking for a choice or specific answer. For example, consider the difference between the following two answers to a question about your address. The sample questions that generate them use the es form, which means is, of the verb ser.

A: My address is the house number, the street name, city, state, and zip code where I live.

B: My address is 555 Kingston Lane, Carrollton, Ohio 44615.

Answer A is obviously the response to a question asking for a definition or explanation of the word “address.” This is the type of answer elicited from the following question:

¿Qué es dirección? What is “your address?” (give me an explanation or definition of address)

Answer B is clearly the type of response to the question, “What is your address?” Any question asking for a specific response, as in the following example, requires the question word “ cuál.”

¿Cuál es tu dirección? What is your address? (give me a specific place)

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/foreign-languages/spanish/spanish-i/asking-and-answering-questions/interrogative-pronouns-question-words. Hope this helps :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mulawka17

Qué is used when asking for definitions such as "¿Qué es una ciudad? - What is a city?" and most often used before nouns such as "¿De qué color es la camisa? -What color is the shirt?". Cuál usually is used before es and other forms of ser when not seeking a definition such as "¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? - What is your phone number?" and Cuál is used as "which" to suggest a selection or choice from among a group like "¿Cuál miras? Which one are you looking at? " But, ¿Qué miras? changes it to "What are you looking at?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/squ02a

I am living with a Chilean family at the moment and they say cual is when there is more then on answer to the question. eg. what type of icecream do you like and que is when there is only one answer. eg, what is the date? que is more widely used

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/justin.hat1

This 3 minute video explains Qué vs. Cuál perfectly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJrs3pwwABI

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wantedrtw

That was the best answer I have seen so far, thank you

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Suchagirl

Here's my two cents. It's not that many of you are inaccurate in how you believe the word(s) should be used or not used; you must bare in mind that different countries use different words when speaking. (That includes the developers of this app.) Using "logic" to make it "make sense" is a mistake many are using. Follow the rules of the language in which you are learning or trying to speak and you will catch on faster. It will make more sense (to you) if you DO NOT attempt to make it "grammatically correct" by using the rules of your native language. With practice you will do just fine. You will see, over time that there are many ways to say the exact same thing. Today there are too many Spanish speaking countries with various mixed cultures, so no language is in its purest form. That's worth keeping in mind when learning any foreign language. Although there are certain words that will be widely recognized and more common to use than others, colloquialism is a major factor, therefore, "one size doesn't fit all"! So, you can breathe a sigh of relief in knowing answers may often vary. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nilanjana_25
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It helped me. it might be helpful for you too!

When used with the verb ser, cuál and qué can both mean “what,” but they are not interchangeable. Cuál is more common, and is used to indicate a selection, or choice of possibilities. Qué is used to elicit a definition or an explanation.

¿Cuál es la capital de España? What is the capital of Spain?

¿Qué es la capital? What is the (definition of) capital?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KeizerPuffRuff

What is the question is the question

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/venetoblu

Asking for a definition? Use 'que', as is "Que es una pregunta? What is a question? Asking which one from a list of possibilities? Use "Cual", as in "Cual es la pregunta? What is the question? (Apologies for lack of accent marks.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jlee7x2
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Can't pregunta also mean problem?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Justin_Waters

Not really. Problem would directly translate to 'problema'. There is often an exception in school because most of the problems are in question format.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PIMp5

Isn't que what. Shouldn't they ask which is the question?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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In Spanish, they use "cuál" when there are a limited number of possibilities. You can't just say that "qué" is the only way to translate the English "what." Just follow what Duolingo suggests and you will get the hang of it. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Apurv_A13

La pregunta es ..cuándo hablo cúal or que?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DevonNieve1

What I learned from my professors is that ''cuál'' is almost always used when followed by the verb ''ser''

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellissa0

That is interesting and may be key to choosing correctly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dillion7

If you say "la duda", can you also replace that with "la pregunta" or does it depend on the context?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IraDelDragon

To be or not to be, that is the question.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NolanHenry2

this is the worst question

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlokCasle

To be our not to be? That is the question.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoahSmith142384

Hahahaha

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoahSmith142384

What and why?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoahSmith142384

I dont know

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RuffRuffman

La pregunta es "¿Cuál es la pregunta?"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Caseytate

I wish the correct first word was not capitalized for these kind of questions. It makes it too easy if I didn't know it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samtheagar

i dont know...what IS the question

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mwood611
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The question that must never be asked...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brianna907000

Yo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MakaylaWil143819

My question; Why can't I go home now?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mykahanna

me when I'm daydreaming in class.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaWard9

What is the question, the oldest question, the most important question? Doctor who?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samsunglearn

Oh plz somebody help i am stuck in the questions part i never never memorize them is there a way to memorize them? Noticing that my basic language is frensh and it is so easy to learn spanish when u already know frensh they are so similar

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/naybolts

What helped me was writing them out

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samsunglearn

I will try thx :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kc_kennylau
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Someone tells me the difference between pregunta and cuestión? Quién me hable la differencia entre las palabras pregunta y cuestión?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/worldwideopen

Am I right in thinking Cual is more along the lines of "which one" or "what one" and Que and Cuales are more infinite? (Sorry my keyboard doesn't do accent marks.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blessed15

I don't understand why cual is used here instead of que. why is this not "que es la pregunta? Cual is for when there is a choice, right? Here there is no choice between one question or another, it's just what is the question.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NurulBahiyah

how to say (teacher ) in spanish? gonna say this to her whenever she shoots me with her questions

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AthenaFox

either 'profesor' or 'maestra', I think :/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Justin_Waters

It is very rare that questions arise out of nowhere. Usually they appear in sequence to something that didn't make sense. So 'which' in some ways does make sense.

If I tell you 'Apples are red, bananas are yellow, and oranges are orange' and you have a question, there IS in fact a set of options to choose from.

Think of it as 'Which of what was said didn't make sense to you?'

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mulawka17

I think the reason Cual is used in the case is to avoid a word ending with a vowel beside one starting with a vowel similar to french

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Interesting. I will have to keep an eye out for this to see if it is so. Thank you for this.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michskid

What is the difference between cual and que?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dr.alabdul

I thought pregunta means pregnant

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViralVilla

If i remember correctly, my old spanish teacher once had to speak in front of a bunch of spanish people while she was still learning spanish, and I think she said she was embarrassed, which in spanish is "embarazada", but she said it wrong and everyone thought she was pregnant! XD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moneymo_on

Que and Cual.... difference???

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BIS_jared

got it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiaRobinso5

¿Quién soy yo?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchnerd3

The question is,"Do you believe in unicorns?"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoahSmith142384

Gggggggbgfffvsdffd

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Debangarajc

Why not "Qué es la pregunta?"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nzlotrfan

I found this helpful to explain when to use Cuál and Qué: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKzj-PWEiBA

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BhumikaMudgal

Would 'Which is the question' be wrong?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isaac389187

Hgghcdbgdbdcfcjhjchcucc

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarshitVer10

These question tags are confusing af

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bowenjessica

This website is useful in explaining the difference between cual and que http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/que_vs_cual.htm

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DANTHEMAN7070707

so EASY

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanHaskins

Funny I was realy asking that . Not answering the question

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ErcDz
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Why couldn't sat "Que es la pregunta"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mem-Emma

Preguntar - to question. She kept preguntaring (pestering) me, so I finally answered her.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deadpool436827

I cant die and i like spanish dont judge me :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dragon2000000

oh Cuál is like if your answering from a set

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WingsOfFir6

¿Cuál es la pregunta? Is the question..

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sportsbull50

It said cual meant what and que meant what as well. Which do I use?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/teresa_manca

i thought pregunta menat pergnant

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xoicha

I keep reading it as pregnant too XD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jr.fluent123

what is the question? THAT is the question.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynQuin9

I Can use "Which is the question"?? Please!! :) :) And if I can use it, What is the difference between "What is the question?" and "Which is the question?" PS: I do not speak english. Help me =D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keyboardo

Si usted quiere una traducción al español de este mensaje, por favor dígame.

You can use "Which is the question?", but it is not normally used. It is better to say "What is the question?".

When you say "What is the question?", it means, "I don't know the question. Could you tell it to me?" When you say, "Which is the question?", it means, "I have a list of questions. Among these questions, there is one question I want to know specifically. Could you tell it to me?"

I hope this helps. "What" and "which" are hard to tell apart, even by some English speakers.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynQuin9

Thank you very much =D You helped me a lot. Now I understand. Every time I learn more and more. I know the differences between "which" and "what". "Which" is for choose given alternatives; and "what", I reason the answer. Something like that :) :) jaja. Thanks =D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheArgo2

I always think of pregunta is pregnate so funny

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheArgo2

you know,now I can remember what is preguta

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abriella4

All you need to do, is add a question mark to get it right!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViralVilla

If i remember correctly, my old spanish teacher once had to speak in front of a bunch of spanish people while she was still learning spanish, and I think she said she was embarrassed, which in spanish is "embarazada", but she said it wrong and everyone thought she was pregnant! XD

The reason I brought that up is because pregunta sounds like pregnant so yeah.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynQuin9

jajajaja embarrassed = avergonzada. pregnant = embarazada. Your comment made me laugh =D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Micah7man

I didn't say anything.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RishiThota

cool

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoSimon18

the question is what is the question

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PROGAMER8344

ill

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PROGAMER8344

i

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoMod

''what is the question?''my answer > ''is the meal ready?'''

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryP416056

to be or not to be, THAT is the question

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mwood611
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Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the SLINGS and ARROWS of outrageous fortune...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ADAM4013

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Awesome54770

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ngoma_mx

Ser o no ser ... esa es la pregunta

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseCrowns27

using hints I wound up reading this as 'which one is pregnant' oml this is my favourite mistake

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Radrod34

Noooo i just said stupid and it worked

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/valentinab377635

Who will use that

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/drmorts

Cual which ? or what ?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Malena.23

I don't know. What IS the question????

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clare32372

Your right

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/InternetGuy

QUESTION-CEPTION

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LouFul

Have no office you suck!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JVu8183

the question is whether or not i can pass spanish next year... i hope so...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaylarie146

Cuál can mean what or which. You kinda have to use context clues to figure out what would fit the sentence better. For example, if you were gonna say "¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono?" you would translate it as "What is your phone number?" not "Which is your phone number?"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanda814433

why is cual used and not que?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leviamit2

So if I ask someone what they like to do during dinner, and I use "Que", they would say that they like to eat. But if I ask it with "Cual", they would be specific and say what they like to eat too?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AvivTheHys

I do not get it, does it even matter if I put "which one is A question" instead of "which one is THE question"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tri_fighter
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why are there so many admins here now? what is duolingo like a admin house now?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sylvia321625

Holla amigos! Is "¿Qués por almuerzo? a correct translation for " What's for lunch?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sylvia321625

Holla amigos

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rach8corn

yo can yall gimme a lingot

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rach8corn

i'm poor LOL

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sfeseha

ur asking the question that is the question

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrettyUmbreon120

how do you say pregnant in spanish

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/billy8195

Why is Cuál used as "which" and "what"?

What are the differences and when do they apply?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/da_cat2

should have a cant speak now button

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ilie234031

I have it written it correctly and I don't anderstend way I don't get the credit!?! Ilie

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spoonbill25

i do not get this at all

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewJor134566

Ser o no ser, esa es la cuestión.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/candii88

Oops I thought it said are you pregnant

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PurpleKitty67

I tried to type but i accidentally hit the CHECK button and i got it wrong

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zachariah440553

Did I miss a question;)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rubescube

What is "ser"

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Willy649

Pregunta is question

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lauren572941

To be or not to be. That is the question.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarlonJey
7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarlonJey
7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elgin56

¿Cuál es tú nombre?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoYouKnowTheWay6

hi dukesvdnfbmgbrmcgwmfcrhmfcvhrf gvhmfrvcnhec r

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IkNoDaEwAe

hi

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew469803

Me in every spanish class ever

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wirdzone

the question is ¿Cuál es la pregunta?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MargaretNu9

When I mouse over the words, none of them say "your"! My answer of "What is your question?" shouldn't be marked wrong!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j7dUw32p

what is the best offline Spanish to English or English to Spanish dictonary?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TobyWynn

give me lingots?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TobyWynn

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TobyWynn

please

2 months ago