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"Who" is a pronoun which is often translated as "quién", and "what" is a pronoun which is often translated as "qué". Learn more about the difference between "who" and "what" below.
who(
hu
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (interrogative)
a. quién
Hello? Who is calling?¿Hola? ¿Quién llama?
I don't know who he is, but he looks a lot like my brother.No sé quién es, pero se parece mucho a mi hermano.
2. (relative)
a. quien
My father, who is 60 years old, won a tennis tournament.Mi padre, quien tiene 60 años, ganó un torneo de tenis.
b. que
My friend is the one who has a date tonight.Mi amigo es el que tiene una cita esta noche.
WHO
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
abbreviation
3. (World Health Organization)
a. OMS
Breast milk has many benefits. According to the WHO, exclusive breastfeeding is the best option during the first six months of life.La leche materna tiene muchos beneficios. Según la OMS, el amamantamiento exclusivo es la mejor opción durante los primeros seis meses de vida.
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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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