ASK A QUESTION When do you use "¿Adónde?" or "¿Dónde?"
Grammar for Spanish. When do you ask "¿Adónde?" compared to "¿Dónde?"
There are three forms of "Dónde" to watch for. They are:
¿Adónde? To where? , and
¿De dónde? From where?
SpanishDict has a reference page for "Question Words" at:
This is a good page to refer to as are all of the Reference pages.
The word "dónde" means where. It is often accompanied by a preposition in order to help express a question regarding "place".
In the case of "adónde" the "a" is attached to the word in order to ask "to where". Here are examples using one of each:
- ¿Dónde está Juan? (Where is Juan?)
- ¿Adónde fue Juan? (Where did Juan go to?)
Other prepositions can be used along with the word dónde. Each gives the word a slightly different meaning. Here are some examples:
- ¿De dónde es Juan? (Where is Juan from?)
- ¿Por dónde caminó? (By which way did she walk?)
Hopefully, this answers your question.
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¿Adónde? is to where and ¿Dónde? is where.