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"What's up" is a phrase which is often translated as "qué tal", and "so" is an adverb which is often translated as "tan". Learn more about the difference between "what's up" and "so" below.
what's up(
wuhts
 
uhp
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used in questions)
a. qué tal
What's up? It's good to see you again.¿Qué tal? Me da gusto verte de nuevo.
b. qué pasa
Hey, Michael! What's up with you?¡Oye, Michael! ¿Qué pasa contigo?
c. qué hay
Rosita, what's up in town?Rosita, ¿qué hay en el pueblo?
d. qué onda
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Good morning, Fred! What's up?¡Buenos días, Fred! ¿Qué onda?
e. pasa algo
What's up? You look a little sick.¿Pasa algo? Te ves un poco mal.
2. (used in statements)
a. lo que pasa
They bought a new house. That's what's up with them.Compraron una casa nueva. Eso es lo que pasa con ellos.
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so(
so
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (to such an extent)
a. tan
I'm so hungry. I haven't eaten in hours.Estoy tan hambriento. Llevo horas sin comer.
b. muy
These boots are so old. I need a new pair.Estas botas son muy viejas. Necesito un nuevo par.
2. (in this way)
a. así
To make a paper airplane, take the piece of paper and fold it so.Para hacer un avión de papel, toma la hoja y dóblala así.
b. de esta manera
Hold the brush so and just dab paint onto the canvas.Aguanta el pincel de esta manera y simplemente pon un poquito de pintura sobre el lienzo.
3. (too)
a. también
You're pregnant? So am I!¿Estás embarazada? ¡Yo también!
4. (as stated)
a. así
Is it possible to insert images into the document? If so, how?¿Es posible introducir imágenes en el documento? Si así es, ¿cómo?
5. (used to issue a challenge)
a. y
But you promised you'd come with me! - So? I changed my mind.¡Pero habías prometido venir conmigo! - ¿Y? Cambié de opinión.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
6. (therefore)
a. así que
We've already finished our work, so we're just going to head home.Ya hemos terminado nuestro trabajo, así que nos vamos a casa.
7. (used to express purpose)
a. para que
I turned on the television so my kids would stop running around.Prendí el televisor para que mis hijos dejaran de correr.
b. para
She's been saving money so she can go to Europe.Ella ha estado ahorrando dinero para poder ir a Europa.
8. (used to introduce a new topic)
a. entonces
So, how long have you been working at the plant?Entonces, ¿cuánto tiempo llevas trabajando en la fábrica?
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