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"What's the problem?" is a phrase which is often translated as "¿Cuál es el problema?", and "what's the matter" is a phrase which is often translated as "qué pasa". Learn more about the difference between "What's the problem?" and "what's the matter" below.
What's the problem?
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. ¿Cuál es el problema?
What's the problem? - Josh stole my lunchbox.¿Cuál es el problema? - Josh robó mi lonchera.
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what's the matter
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used in questions)
a. qué pasa
You look sad. What's the matter?Te ves triste. ¿Qué pasa?
b. qué tienes
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Why are you crying? What's the matter?¿Por qué lloras? ¿Qué tienes?
c. qué traes
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
What's the matter? Why aren't you ready to go yet?¿Qué traes? ¿Por que no estás listo todavía?
2. (used in statements)
a. qué pasa
I don't know what's the matter with people. Why's there so much violence?No sé qué pasa con la gente. ¿Por qué hay tanta violencia?
b. qué tienes
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Why won't you tell me what's the matter?¿Por qué no me quieres decir qué tienes?
c. qué traes
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Stop crying and tell me what's the matter. Maybe I can help you.Deja de llorar y dime qué traes. Quizá te pueda ayudar.
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