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"What" is a pronoun which is often translated as "qué", and "than" is a conjunction which is often translated as "que". Learn more about the difference between "what" and "than" 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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than(
thahn
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (in comparisons)
a. que
My sister sings much better than I do.Mi hermana canta mucho mejor que yo.
2. (with numbers and quantities)
a. de
They offered me more money than I had asked for.Me ofrecieron más dinero de lo que había pedido.
3. (when expressing preference)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I can't believe you would rather stay home alone than come to the party with me.No puedo creer que prefieres quedarte en casa sola antes que venir a la fiesta conmigo.
I'd rather do all the work now than be stressed out later.Prefiero hacer todo el trabajo ahora a estar estresado después.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
4. (in comparisons)
a. que
All of my cousins are taller than me.Todos mis primos son más altos que yo.
5. (with numbers and quantities)
a. de
She has more than 3,000 books in her library.Ella tiene más de 3,000 libros en su biblioteca.
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