"¿Quién come pescado?"
Translation:Who eats fish?
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"Quiénes" is the plural form of "quién". So when you know "who" is more than one person you use "quiénes" "Who is he?" = "¿Quién es él?" , "Who are they?" = "¿Quiénes son ellos?"
I just had the question "Quienes comen pollo" so you really can't be sure which one to use. I hope a native will answer your question.
Maybe you are at the supermarket, buying groceries for a dinner at your place, and as some of your friends are vegan, you need to know exactly how many are gonna eat chicken so you go "Quiénes comen pollo?". On the other hand, you come home and you smell chicken and you go "Quién come pollo?" like "Who the heck is eating chicken at this ungodly hour?" I don't know. Not a native speaker. :D
It's a subject question - the question word is the subject. Auxiliary (helping) verbs are used for object questions. Some examples:
Subject Question: Q: Who sings 'Bad Romance'? <-- Who is the subject of the question. A: Lady Gaga sings 'Bad Romance'. <-- "Who" = Lady Gaga, the subject of the answer.
Object Question: Q: Where does Lady Gaga live? <--Lady Gaga is the subject of the question, Where is the object. A: Lady Gaga lives in New York. <-- Lady Gaga is still the subject in the answer, Where = New York, the (indirect) object.
Are you sure it's the subject of the answer because you can never be sure about what the answer will be. Like if you're asking a large group of people "Who eats sausage pizza?" then u would probably expect that the subject of the answer would be plural but maybe there's only one person who likes sausage pizza so the subject of the answer is actually singular. Y'know what I mean?
i can imagine a bunch of people in suits, surrounding a person tied up, violently asking: Wheres the fish?!?
Im confused - yes, I understand that quiénes is plural and quién is singular, but with a 'who' question, it literally means 'which (of the persons/the class/the world) etc', which are surely all plural? In what context is 'who' used in the singular as a question word? OK, 'Who is she?' is singular, but surely 'Who drinks milk?' is addressing a group, and the speaker would like to know which one(s).
A scenario - you're planning a meal for your wedding and the organiser asks you "Who eats fish?". They are asking you (a single person), but referring to multiple people. This covers your issue of addressing a single person, but my confusion lies in the fact that I don't know if the plural/singular refers to how many people are being asked or how many people are expected to be listed in the response to the question...
If this is the question,can I answer with "gatos"?Or must the question be "¿Qué come pescado?",then I can answer with "gatos"? Or must it only be "¿Qué animales come pescado?"
Hola AwesomMaple: I don't know why someone gave you a "down vote". You ask a legitimate question. The answer is: Yes, you can answer it by saying "gatos".
☆I understand that... ¤ "Quién" = singular ¤ "Quiénes" = plural
☆I'm pretty sure that... ¤ The plurality/singularity of the verb and the plurality singularity of the "quién" "quienes" should match each other ~If not PLEASE correct me on that and EXPLAIN clearly~
☆The major question is: Which of the following determines the whole plural/singular thing? A) The number of people that you are talking TO B) The number of people that you are asking ABOUT C) The number of people you are expecting to be in the answer you are given
☆What I think about the answer to that question... ¤ "A" could be the right answer but I think "B" is more likely. ¤ Some people think that "B" wouldn't make sense because if you're asking "who" then you're asking about multiple people so it would always be plural BUT sometimes we are asking "Who is that?" which is only asking about one person ("that"). And sometimes we ask "Who are you?" which is also only asking about person ("you"). I think "B" is probably the right answer. ¤ I doubt that "C" is the correct option because if you are asking about many people, the answer could end up being just one person. It could also be many people. You can't always really predict this and that is sometimes the reason why you would ask a "Who" question (to find out how many people)... again sometimes you may know that only one person will be in the answer because you originally where asking about only one person. I still think "C" is the least likely to be correct.
I learned a lot of interesting things after reading your comments, on DUO, :) thank you all :)
Hola Bruno: In Spanish, each person has its own verb form. The word you are using "comes" is the verb form for "you (informal)" which in Spanish is "tú". So if you say "¿Quién tú comes pescado?", it is like saying "Who you eat fish?", which, of course, does not make sense. That is why we have to say ¿Quién COME pescado?" because "quién" is singular, third person, so it takes the verb form singular , third person, "come". CHAU
Is quien singular here because we are asking the question to a single person? Or that we expect the answer to be a single person?
The mermaid asks in horror as a huge platter of salmon is placed on the table before her. She is sure that she can recognize a couple of her pets among them.
Hi QianHuang4, Why eats=por que come?
How eats =cómo come?
Who eats=Quien come?
what eats=Qué come?
I hope to have you helped if there are doubts or errors please comment.
Greetings and luck
There were two questions back to back 'Quienes beben leche?" and Quien come pescado?" but both answers were similar - 'who drinks milk' and 'who eats fish' I am confused. Does the verb dictate the 'quien'?
shouldn't it be quienes not quien? because if you say quien you mean one person so why would it be who eats fish if there is only one person? if there is one person shouldn't the question be do you or does she/he?