Quick answer
"What" is a pronoun which is often translated as "qué", and "as" is a preposition which is often translated as "como". Learn more about the difference between "what" and "as" below.
what(
wuht
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (in questions)
a. qué
What do you want me to do?¿Qué quieres que haga?
b. cuál
What was the reason for Jim's departure?¿Cuál fue la razón por la que se fuera Jim?
c. cómo
What's the weather like where you are?¿Cómo está el tiempo donde estás tú?
What's their house like?¿Cómo es su casa?
2. (in relative clauses)
a. lo que
He smoked what he had left in the pipe.Se fumó lo que le quedaba en la pipa.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (in questions)
a. qué
What movie did you want to see?¿Qué película querías ver?
4. (in exclamations)
a. qué
What a nice day!¡Qué bonito día!
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
5. (used to express surprise)
a. qué
What? That can't be true!¿Qué? ¡No puede ser verdad!
6. (not understanding)
a. qué
What? Speak louder, please.¿Qué? Hable más alto, por favor.
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as(
ahz
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in the role of)
a. como
I spent 20 years working as an accountant.Trabajé como contador durante 20 años.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (when)
a. cuando
The phone rang as we were leaving the house.Sonó el teléfono cuando estábamos saliendo de la casa.
3. (while)
a. mientras
I like to listen to music as I work.Me gusta escuchar música mientras trabajo.
4. (at the same time as)
a. a medida que
I've really come to respect her as I've gotten to know her.Realmente llegué a respetarla a medida que la fui conociendo.
5. (because)
a. como
As our flight was canceled, we had to find a hotel for the night.Como se canceló nuestro vuelo, tuvimos que encontrar un hotel donde pasar la noche.
6. (like)
a. como
Please leave everything as you found it.Por favor, deja todo como lo encontraste.
7. (though)
a. aunque
Intelligent as you are, you still have to work hard.Aunque eres inteligente, todavía tienes que trabajar duro.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (in comparisons)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I am as thin as she is.Soy tan delgada como ella.
I do not have as many shoes as my sister.No tengo tantos zapatos como mi hermana.
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