"¿Cuál es la población de Francia?"
Translation:What is the population of France?
Estimated 64,668,129 as of 2016! Paris has approximately 2,241,346 as of 2014!!
Not really, those two are based on two different estimates. France is one of the few European countries with natural population growth. This may change though.
Great question Duo, let me just find that out for you * backs out the door slowly
respreng is right. Another way to remember this is that "qué? is looking for a definition, i.e. what does "the population of France mean?" A possible answer would be: it means the number of people who live in France. So you see that qué? is not what you need here, but rather cuál?
Cual is for questions where number of answers is limited, que for open- ended questions. Here we know the newer will be a number.
But numbers are infinite. For that reason, I would have used "qué," but I am a native English speaker and some of these distinctions in Spanish baffle me even when I know the rule.
although what number it is is open ended, the type of answer is not. The answer is a number, so the question kind of becomes which one. If I'm not mistaken
i feel like you could apply that same logic and say: we know the answer is a word, but we don't know which one.
But there is only one definite number for the current population of France.
Now (if I'm interpreting rspreng's explanation correctly) if someone asked "What do you want?" Then you'd probably use "Qué". Since there are any number of things you could want and there's more choice and variability in what you could say to answer.
Sometimes the edge between the two is fuzzy, no biggie, my teachers have told be.
Why did it say I was wrong when I translated cual as "which"? I hovered my mouse over cual and it said "what", "which one", and "which".
The English version seems like a very awkward way to ask how many people live in france. Unlike the spanish version, it doesn't really ask for a size.
Aye; is there a better way to translate this sort of question? I'm reporting it for now but please correct me if it's not valid.