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"What" is a pronoun which is often translated as "qué", and "then" is an adverb which is often translated as "entonces". Learn more about the difference between "what" and "then" 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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then(
thehn
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in that case)
a. entonces
If you eat healthy food, then you won't get sick.Si comes comida sana, entonces no te enfermarás.
2. (at that moment)
a. entonces
Make sure to finish your work by then.Asegúrate de terminar tu trabajo para entonces.
3. (next)
a. luego
Now it's my turn, then yours.Ahora es mi turno, luego el tuyo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (at that time)
a. entonces
When I was a teenager, the then president visited my parents' restaurant.Cuando era menor, el entonces presidente visitó el restaurante de mis padres.
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