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"What it is" is a phrase which is often translated as "lo que es", and "what is" is a phrase which is often translated as "qué es". Learn more about the difference between "what it is" and "what is" below.
what it is
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
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.
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what is(
wuhd
 
ihz
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in general questions)
a. qué es
What is that nasty smell?¿Qué es ese olor repugnante?
b. cuál es
What is your favorite color?¿Cuál es tu color favorito?
2. (mathematics)
a. cuánto es
What is 3 x 12? - 36.¿Cuánto es 3 x 12? - 36.
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