"¿Qué es eso?"

Translation:What is that?

October 7, 2013



Eso is used here because the gender of "that" is unknown. This is very similar to the question "¿Qué es esto?", where the gender of "this" is unknown. Eso and esto are the gender NEUTRAL froms of "that" and "this" and are treated in the same way in this question where the gender is unknown.

October 7, 2013


Yup. But when you get to "these" (estas (f), estos (m)) and "those" (esas (f), esos (m)) there is not a neuter gender.

October 7, 2013


This web page just says you're to use the masculine plural form to express the plural neuter form: http://spanish.about.com/od/pronouns/a/demonstrative_pronouns.htm So it would be éstos/ésos/aquéllos (or sans the tildes if no risk of confusing it with an demonstrative adjective)

Dang, so many ways to say this,that,these, and those. I have a hard time believing these various forms adds anything really meaningful.

January 19, 2015


wow. amazing. great work staying on for so long! you deserve a lingot

October 8, 2016


Dear Patricio, Do you mean same word is used for "THAT" and "THIS" ? and the only deference is KNOWN GENDER?or I am to be confused?! .. thanx

June 21, 2017


'Eso es queso.' should be accepted. :D

August 23, 2014


¿Qué es eso? Eso es queso!

October 20, 2015


Could someone please give me a easy way to remember these determiners? I must have a mental block and get them wrong 88% of the time....there must be a trick I can pick up......thanks.

March 27, 2014


This + This = These (nearby things). That + That = Those (farther away things ... just out of reach). Aquel/Aquellos That/Those over there. (even farther away... all the way across the room almost out of sight.)

To determine whether to use "ese" or "este", I have to remind myself "este" and "this" have only one "t". So, one "t" "este"=this ("estes"=these). Thus, no "t" must be "ese"=that ("eses"=those). I only use "aquel" if the sentence says "over there." Hope that helps.

October 13, 2014


I've just hit this lesson, and was struggling to learn the definition of ese vs este- thanks for the memory device! Worth a Lingot!

May 25, 2015


I need a Spanish version of black sheep's song "you could go with this, or you could go with that." Tengo para esto, o tengo para eso. ?

September 6, 2014


For a moment I thought this said 'WHAT ARE THOOSE'

August 21, 2015


If it helps:

ESTO and ESO are demonstrative pronouns. THIS unspecified object and THAT unspecified object.

ESTE/ESTA and ESE/ESA are determiners used to modify the relevantly gendered noun.

Or something. Only ever use the -o versions when there is no other noun, is how I remember it.

May 1, 2018


Every spanish teacher i have ever had has told me that esto and eso are not words. They should be este and ese, unless they were all wrong. If there is a native speaker here please tell me if this is true or not

November 7, 2014


Not true. esto = this thing very near in physical location or time that can't be defined clearly. eso = esto, but a little farther away in location or time. Not close, but in the vicinity. Aquello is even farther away in location or time. These are the singular neuter demonstrative pronouns.

January 19, 2015


Does anyone else think the DL voice lady seems to have changed for this sentence?

September 11, 2014


I think it's because she is asking a question and raising the pitch of her voice.

November 18, 2014


Why do I want to say, "es un elefante verde?" :D

April 29, 2014


I'm dyslexic & going crazy with these words/estas palabras??? Am i correct for a reminder 2me: "t" rhymes w these and "o" rhymes w those... si?

May 31, 2014


The "t" rhymes with "these" will be helpful for recognizing this/these have "t". The "o" rhymes with "those" could be confusing since the "o" is more an indicator that you don't know what gender the object in question is. "This" (unknown object) = "esto". "That" door = "esa" puerta.

October 13, 2014


all the confusion is because of the first letter 'e' in eso/esa/esta/esto. From the discussion I can figure out eso/esa are for "that" and esto/esta are for "this". Wouldn't it be easier to remember esto/testo for "this" and "that" respectively. Sorry it's really a vague output of my cluttered mind :)

August 29, 2014


One eay to remember the difference is: "this" has a t and "that" has no t.

March 15, 2015


Please explain about neutral or masculine?

April 4, 2015


Shouldn't "what is this" work?

September 2, 2016



March 8, 2018


Maby this will answer your question duolingo lady, its an owl :-)

March 8, 2018


They didn't tell me what "eso" Kent I hate when they do that how am I supposed to solve the question if i don't even know what the word is

April 13, 2018


What's the meaning of three words? Anyone?

April 26, 2018


Please give the english meaning

May 25, 2018
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