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"De qué" is a phrase which is often translated as "what", and "cual" is a pronoun which is often translated as "which". Learn more about the difference between "de qué" and "cual" 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. (relative)
a. which (thing)
El hotel en el cual pasé mis vacaciones de verano ha cerrado.The hotel in which I spent my summer holiday has been closed.
b. who (person)
Mi hermano, el cual trabaja en un restaurante, encontró esto en el suelo el otro día.My brother, who works in a restaurant, found this on the floor the other day.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (like)
a. as
Ella es bella cual flor.She is as beautiful as a flower.
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