I want to create some number riddles in Spanish in a form like this:

I am one more than twelve. What am I?


I am three less than ten. What am I?

Is this the right way to do it:

Soy uno más que doce. ¿Qué soy?

Soy tres menos que diez. ¿Qué soy?

  • It seems that is OK to me. – Diego Sep 25 '14 at 18:23
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    Está bien, pero también podrías poner "¿Quién soy?". – Jaime Sep 25 '14 at 18:34

Your translations are correct, it may be more common to say ¿Quién soy? instead of ¿Qué soy?, but it is more correct to say the latter phrase, since a number is a thing, and not a living being. It is obvious that a number would not speak, so it is fine to use which ever you feel more comfortable with, since using ¿Quién soy? would give more life to the number.

Quién usually refers to an animal, human or non-human. It is very similar to Who in English.

Qué usually refers to an object, a thing. It is similar to What in English.

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