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Que and Cual

I've just reached questions and I have a doubt... Both Que and Cual are used for What. Are they synonyms or is there some specific cases where each of them should be used? Apologies for lack of accent marks in advance, I don't have a spanish keyboard. Gracias!! :)

3 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/therealpalumbo

Que means "what" and cual means "which". There are some questions in Spanish that use "which" when in English it would be "what". For example, the English question "What is your telephone number" would in Spanish be "Cual es tu telefono", which directly means "Which is your phone number".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashwinkrish

Right!! Thanks for the clarification. :) I got confused because of the places where they used Cual for what. Muchas Gracias, mi amigo...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

"Cual" can be used for "what;" therealpalumbo is overgeneralizing a rule. This page delineates the two and might be helpful. (It was the first hit on Google for "cual vs que", if you want to find similar pages.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eleanorlh

Qué means what as in like, what is this I don't know or understand it. Cual means what as in I know what I'm asking for, I just want to know which specific version it is. For example, if you said "Qué es tu telefono" you would be saying what is your telephone number like what does it mean and the reply would be something like "oh it's a string of numbers you type into a phone and then you get to talk to me" but if you said "Cual es tu telefono" you would be saying what is your telephone number and the reply would be something like "123-456-7890".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashwinkrish

Thanks guys... That helps :)

3 years ago