"Pregunta" is a noun which is often translated as "question", and "contestar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to answer". Learn more about the difference between "pregunta" and "contestar" below.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to respond to)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to dissent)