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Questions tagged [preguntas]

About question words such as "qué", "dónde", etc, and how questions are formed.

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¿Cual es el significados de Pelaos y Agazapao? [closed]

Necesito esta informacion Urgente, la tarea es para mañana
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How can I say that I want to have my food here when I'm in a cafe, not “para llevar”?

Is it simply "para aquí"? I often get asked something when I'm making a payment, but I can't make out what it is they're asking me. I assume that that's related to "for here or for taking away", but ...
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How to make an order in a coffeshop or a request in a semi-casual way? [duplicate]

In an ordinary, local street eatery or coffeeshop, how can I order food if not using "por favor"? And how can I make a request? Polite, but in a semi-casual way. "¿Puedes darme una cuchara?" or ...
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¿Lleva tilde “Ya te contaré qué/que tal”?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de escribirlo? Ya te contaré qué tal. o Ya te contaré que tal. Desde mi punto de vista no es una pregunta ni directa ni indirecta y no debería llevar tilde, y ...
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¿Cuál es el lugar correcto de colocar el verbo: ¿Quién (eres) tú (eres)?

¿Quién tú eres? o ¿Quién eres tú? ¿Cuál debe ser la posición del verbo en esa oración?
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Using “qué tan” vs. “qué” or “hasta qué” in questions

I have a question about asking questions :) When asking questions about the degree of an adjective, such as "how far is it?," what is the difference between the following: ¿Qué tan lejos está? ¿...
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Common/idiomatic ways of saying “Tell me if there's anything you need help with.”

I am trying to find natural-sounding ways of saying things like: "Let me know if there is anything you need help with" or "Tell me if there's something I can help you with". In my basic Spanish, I ...
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¿Es posible responder a una pregunta con dos opciones negando una de ellas?

Dada la pregunta: –¿Compro té o café? ¿Es posible responderla con lo siguiente? –No té ¿O la forma correcta (y única) de responder es esta? –Café.
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Artículo definido o indefinido en la pregunta “¿Qué es ___ capibara?”

Estoy creando un librito para mis estudiantes de primer grado. Quiero empezar con la pregunta "¿Qué es el/un capibara?" ¿Cuál sería mejor? En el librito uso "el capibara" para describir el animal en ...
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What is the name for tag questions in Spanish?

Does the tag question kind in Spanish have any particular name? I can't find anything similar in RAE website. Tag questions would be something like: He read this book, didn't he?
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What is the general form for “how [adverb] do you [verb]?” in Spanish?

When I put how quickly will you walk? into Google Translate (maybe not the ideal source but that's my starting point), it gives me: ¿Con qué rapidez vas a caminar? Based on this and other examples ...
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¿Es correcta la expresión “cómo de bueno es”?

¿Es correcto decir lo siguiente? ¿Cómo de bueno es este método? ¿Es acaso mejor decir qué tan bueno es?
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When do I use “cual” vs “que”? [duplicate]

I understand both often translate to English as "what" or "which" and "that", respectively. My professor told me that cual is often used when presented with a choice while que is used when asked to ...
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Las preguntas que comienzan con “no” ¿son agresivas?

Un ejemplo podría ser: ¿No pagaste mi cuenta bancaria? ¿No le dijiste a mamá que llegaría tarde? Muy en lo personal considero que no son agresivas. Simplemente muestran más de un 50% de ...
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¿Es lo mismo usar “a dónde” que “adónde”?

Leyendo un artículo me topé con el siguiente título de sección: ¿A dónde va ‘El País’? Inicialmente pensé que era erróneo y ya buscaba el botón de "editar" para corregirlo por un adónde todo junto:...
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Is it correct to answer a specific question with “no es”?

If someone asks, "¿Es importante?", is it correct to answer with "No es"?
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Polite ways of request (asking for something) in Spanish

I am struggling with polite questions. I am going to meet with a conductor and would like to ask the following question in Spanish: ‘Would you happen to have any scores so that we be able to follow ...
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¿Por qué “Es usted muy amable” tiene una construcción gramatical de pregunta y tiene distinto sentido de “Usted es muy amable”?

Un amigo me hizo notar el hecho curioso de que la frase Es usted muy amable está formada gramaticalmente como una pregunta, a saber, es análoga a ¿Es usted el señor de la tele? pero no ...
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¿Por qué se usa “Es que” para preguntas?

I have been talking to some people who start questions with "Es que..." instead of just asking the question with a more relevant verb. ¿Es que tienes ganas de verlo? instead of ¿Tienes ganas ...
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Is “¿Nos juntemos?” well said?

Someone asked me "¿Nos juntemos?" meaning if I would like to hang out with him in the near future. I found the expression weird. I thought it should be "¿Nos juntamos?"
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¿Las preguntas en modo afirmación llevan interrogación? ¿Y tilde?

El ejemplo más claro lo encontramos en blogs de internet. Podríamos encontrar artículos cuyo título es: Cómo vestir este otoño a la moda. Cómo enamorar a una chica en 10 pasos. ¿Esto sería ...
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Preguntas dentro de preguntas

Consideremos el siguiente ejemplo: ¿Quieres que le pregunte directamente... ¿Cuántos años tienes?? Se explica por sí solo. ¿Debemos escribir doble signo de interrogación cuando queremos, por ...
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How to loosely open a question

I was just wondering how the best way to open a question in Spanish is in a loose, somewhat respectful and more conversational manner. An example lies in that prior sentence. Instead of asking: ...
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¿Se puede usar el indirecto para contestar a “qué”?

No sé si es correcto decir: “¿Qué quieres? → a Emma.” ¿Se puede usar la forma indirecta para contestar esta pregunta?
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“No quieres” como “Es que no quieres”

Dada una pregunta de la forma ¿No quieres una bebida? ¿Puede interpretarse como ¿Es que no quieres una bebida? en algún caso? ¿Se interpreta solamente como ¿Quieres una bebida??
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translate the phrase “What should I eat to stay healthy?”

I am confused to what verb I should conjugate in this sentence. Should I translate this sentence to ¿Qué debo comer a mantenerse sano? since "should" appears before "eat", or should I translate ...
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How would you say “The question asks”?

Along the same vein as this question, how would you say "The question asks...?" For example, "What does the question ask?" or "The question asks that you divide X by Y"
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¿Puede alguien ayudarme a analizar sintacticamente esta oración, y explicarme rapidamente?

Necesito aprender como hacer un analisis sintactico de una oración, se hacerlo para frases cortas y sencillas, pero esta, está muy complicada para mi, podrian ayudarme por favor? No creo que exista ...
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¿Cómo se realiza una pregunta con una conjunción disyuntiva?

Digamos que quiero preguntarle a alguien si fui yo quién lo despertó o si ya estaba despierto, ¿cuál es la manera correcta de hacerlo?, se me ocurren las siguientes posibilidades: ¿Estabas despierto?,...
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How do you say “He is really good at playing soccer”? [closed]

How do you say "He is really good at playing soccer"? Is it: El es jugar el fútbol muy bien.
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Difference between “Que” and “cual” [duplicate]

I came to know from the duolingo application that Que means what. And is an interrogative sentence: What is the question? It translates to Spanish as ¿Cuál es la pregunta? Why not? ¿Qué es la ...
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Why is there an interrogative pronoun in this sentence which is not a question?

I've seen the use of interrogative pronouns in ordinary statements, not just questions. For example, from the book "Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal": "Los Dursley se estremecían al pensar qué ...
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How to say Thanks for confirming? “Gracias por confirmar” or “Gracias por haber confirmado”?

What is the correct translation of "Thanks for confirming"? Gracias por confirmar (futuro) or Gracias por haber confirmado (pasado)
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Inference/guess about an event in the past

Objective Understand/clarify how to express inference/guess on an event that happened in the past. Question To say "Who built Stonehenge (and why)?" in Spanish seems to be: Quien construirían ...
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Word order of questions

After reading: ¿Qué hace tu padre? ¿Cuándo trabaja tu hermana? I would think: ¿Por qué es vendedora tu madre? is the appropriate word order but it turns out to be ¿Por qué es tu madre vendedora? ...
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¿Como se contestan preguntas que llevan un “no” al inicio?

El español es mi idioma nativo, pero siempre he tenido esta duda, por ejemplo, si yo le pregunto a alguien: ¿Tienes frío? Esta persona podría contestar Sí. No. Sí, si tengo frío. No, no tengo ...
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“Ir a” versus future tense when asking a question

I've read that one should use "ir a" when time of completion is certain. If the time is uncertain, one should use the future tense. This choice is not so clear-cut when asking a question. Take for ...
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How to say 'Is climate change making them worse?', with 'them' referring to floods

I am trying to say 'is climate change making them worse?' as a question, with 'them' referring to 'floods'. The full sentence is meant to be a title or slogan for something, like 'Floods in Ecuador; ...
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¿Cómo debo usar “?” al final de una pregunta citada?

Hace poco pregunté ¿Qué significa 'va' en "Nos vemos después, ¿va?" y el título me hizo pensar en esta: Cuando estoy citando una pregunta, ¿cómo debo usar el ? ...
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Translation of “Who are you writing to”

I've seen the question Who are you writing to? translated in two ways: ¿A quién escribes? and ¿Quién le escribes? The first sentence seems to translate more as To whom do you write?, whereas ...
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Translation of “how often” questions

What is the most idiomatic translation of "how often" into Spanish in questions like: How often do the buses stop here? How often does it rain in November? How often do you get headaches? How often ...
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Translation of “What have you been up to lately?”

In English, when meeting someone you haven't seen for a while, you might ask, "What have you been up to lately?" What is the equivalent question in Spanish?
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Response when you don't understand what's said before ¿…, verdad?

What are the possible responses to a sentence you don't hear or understand that ends in ¿verdad? For example: Mañana vas a ..., ¿verdad? In English you could say something like "Isn't what true?" ...
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Proper response to ¿Qué onda?

In parts of the Spanish-speaking world, "¿Qué onda?" is used to ask something along the lines of "What's up?". What are the possible responses to this question? Should it be answered with a bien/mal, ...
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Translating “How long does it take to get from <here> to <there>?”

What is the most natural and common way to ask how much time it takes to get from one location to another? For example: How long does it take to get from Guadalajara to Mexico City? How long does it ...
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How to avoid the lexical redundancy in the literal Spanish translation of “to ask a question”?

In English we have different words for the verb to ask and the noun question. But in Spanish to ask is preguntar and question is pregunta. This always causes me to stumble when speaking Spanish and ...
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Use of “¿A cómo está […]?” to ask for a price

The Diccionario panhispánico de dudas does not offer a suggestion regarding the use of cómo to ask for the price of something (item, service, or currency). I am familiar with the variants ¿a cómo está/...
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Appropriate way to answer a negative yes/no question

When the question is not a negative question the response for the given question should be: Q: ¿Tienes carro? "Sí, tengo." for a positive answer or "No tengo." for a negative one. No, what if ...
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What makes a question in Spanish rhetorical?

In German, the placement or usage of single words shifts the meaning of a rhetorical question, in English, additionally distinct marker phrases are common for this purpose. Are there specific terms/...