"What is it?" is a phrase which is often translated as "¿qué es?", and "what it is" is a phrase which is often translated as "lo que es". Learn more about the difference between "What is it?" and "what it is" below.
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what it is
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. lo que es
What's that in the horizon? - I don't know what it is. I can barely see it.¿Qué es aquello en el horizonte? - No sé lo que es. Apenas puedo verlo.
b. qué es
In this tutorial we'll talk about the modem. You'll learn what it is and how it works.En este tutorial hablaremos del módem. Aprenderás qué es y cómo funciona.