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"Question" is a noun which is often translated as "la pregunta", and "ask" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "preguntar". Learn more about the difference between "question" and "ask" below.
question(
kwehs
-
chihn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (query)
a. la pregunta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you have any questions about the procedure?¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre el procedimiento?
There were ten questions on the exam.Había diez preguntas en el examen.
2. (matter)
a. la cuestión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's a question of time before they find out about what happened.Solo es cuestión de tiempo hasta que se enteren de lo que pasó.
b. el asunto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The question of security was addressed by the manager.El director abordó el asunto de la seguridad.
3. (doubt)
a. la duda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is no question that he is happy at college.No hay duda de que es feliz en la universidad.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to ask questions of)
a. preguntar
They questioned me about my health.Me preguntaron acerca de mi salud.
b. interrogar
The police questioned him after the murder.La policía lo interrogó después del asesinato.
5. (to doubt)
a. dudar de
I questioned his honesty from the beginning.Dudé de su honestidad desde el principio.
b. poner en duda
Some question the authenticity of the manuscript.Algunos ponen en duda la autenticidad del manuscrito.
c. cuestionar
Colonists began to question the authority of the British monarchy.Los colonos comenzaron a cuestionar la autoridad de la monarquía británica.
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ask(
ahsk
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to inquire)
a. preguntar
Can I ask you what time it is?¿Puedo preguntarte la hora?
2. (to invite)
a. invitar
It takes a lot of guts to ask the most popular girl in school to the dance.Requiere valentía invitar a la chica más popular de la escuela al baile.
3. (to request)
a. pedir
I'm going to ask her to marry me while we are in Hawaii.Voy a pedirle que se case conmigo cuando estemos en Hawai.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to inquire)
a. preguntar
Are you married, if you don't mind me asking?¿Estás casado? Si me permites que te pregunte.
5. (to request)
a. pedir
How do you know he won't let you borrow his car if you don't ask?¿Cómo sabes que no te prestaría su carro si no se lo pides?
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