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"What's happening" is a phrase which is often translated as "qué está sucediendo", and "what happens" is a phrase which is often translated as "qué pasa". Learn more about the difference between "what's happening" and "what happens" below.
what's happening
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in a question)
a. qué está sucediendo
You should come over to Molly's house. - What's happening there?Deberías venir a casa de Molly. - ¿Qué está sucediendo allá?
b. qué está ocurriendo
What's happening next door? I keep hearing noises.¿Qué está ocurriendo en la casa de al lado? Sigo oyendo ruidos.
c. qué está pasando
I'm going to Phoenix over the weekend. - What's happening in Phoenix?Voy a ir a Phoenix el fin de semana. - ¿Qué está pasando en Phoenix?
2. (something that is taking place)
a. lo que está sucediendo
Have you seen what's happening in Israel?¿Has visto lo que está sucediendo en Israel?
b. lo que está ocurriendo
I read the news to see what's happening in the world.Leo el periódico para ver lo que está ocurriendo en el mundo.
c. lo que está pasando
Why did Gene say that? - Who know's what's happening in his head.¿Por qué Gene dijo eso? - Quién sabe lo que está pasando por su cabeza.
3. (greeting)
a. qué pasa
What's happening, man?¿Qué pasa, tío?
b. qué tal
What's happening? How have you been?¿Qué tal? ¿Cómo has estado?
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what happens
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in a question)
a. qué pasa
What happens if I forget my key? - There is an extra key under the mat.¿Qué pasa si se me olvida mi llave? - Hay una extra debajo del tapete.
b. qué ocurre
What happens to all of the cookies that customers don't buy?¿Qué ocurre con todas las galletas que los clientes no compran?
c. qué sucede
What happens if your flight gets delayed?¿Qué sucede si tu vuelo se retrasa?
2. (things that happen)
a. lo que pasa
This is what happens when people stop being polite.Esto es lo que pasa cuando la gente deja de ser cortés.
b. lo que ocurre
This is what happens when you eat poorly. You get sick.Esto es lo que ocurre cuando comes mal. Te enfermas.
c. lo que sucede
I don't know what happens at that nightclub, and I don't want to know.No sé lo que sucede en ese club nocturno, y no quiero saberlo.
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