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"De qué" is a phrase which is often translated as "what", and "cuál" is a pronoun which is often translated as "which". Learn more about the difference between "de qué" and "cuál" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (interrogative)
a. what
Necesito saber de qué se trata.I need to know what it's about.
¿De qué estás hablando?What are you talking about?
b. which
Platicaron acerca de qué escuela iban a elegir para su hija.They talked about which school they would choose for their daughter.
c. from which
¿De qué país eres?Which country are you from?
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A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (interrogative)
a. which (among a group of options)
¿Cuál de estas camisas me queda mejor?Which of these shirts suits me best?
b. which one (among a group of options)
No sé cuál quiere.I don't know which one she wants.
¿Cuál es mejor?Which one is better?
c. what
¿Cuál es la diferencia?What's the difference?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (interrogative)
a. which
¿Cuál género de música prefieres?Which genre of music do you prefer?
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