Quick answer
"Dónde" is an adverb which is often translated as "where", and "qué" is a pronoun which is often translated as "what". Learn more about the difference between "dónde" and "qué" below.
dónde(
dohn
-
deh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in questions)
a. where
¿Dónde quieren construir el edificio los arquitectos?Where do the architects want to build the building?
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(in questions)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. how
¿Dónde iba a saber que cambiaste de opinión si no me lo dijiste?How was I to know that you'd changed your mind if you didn't tell me?
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qué(
keh
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (interrogative)
a. what
¿Qué estás haciendo?What are you doing?
2. (exclamatory)
a. what
¿Sabías que Tina y Héctor se dejaron? - ¡Qué va!Did you know that Tina and Hector broke up? - Wait, what!
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (exclamatory)
a. how
¿Puedes creer qué genial es esta serie?Can you believe how amazing this series is?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (interrogative)
a. what
¿Qué hora es?What time is it?
5. (exclamatory)
a. what
¡Qué piernas tan largas tienes!What long legs you have!
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