|Preguntas - Spanish Questions|
Asking questions in Spanish is pretty straightforward. There are two main kinds
Sometimes called yes/no questions, general questions are a simple request
for verification or denial. There are 3 ways to ask these questions:
||Form a sentence and put question marks around it (when
writing) or raise the intonation of your voice at the end (when
||¿(Tú) tienes hambre?*
||¿María está aquí?
||Invert the subject and verb.
||¿Tienes (tú) hambre?
||¿Está María aquí?
||With a question that you're pretty sure will get a yes
answer, you can use one of the following tags at the end:
¿no es verdad?
¿no es cierto?
||Tienes hambre, ¿verdad?
||You're hungry, right?
||María está aquí, ¿no?
||Maria is here, isn't she?
Information questions are more complicated; they ask for more information,
such as who, what, when, where, why, how, which, for what, etc.
Some common information question words:
Click on the Spanish word to hear it pronounced. Note that all question
words have an accent.
In order to make a question with quién, simply use it to replace the
subject of the sentence and use the third person singular form of the verb.
|Tú tienes hambre.
|¿Quién tiene hambre?
||Who is hungry?
|Maria está aquí.
||Maria is here.
|¿Quién está aquí?
||Who is here?
Making a question with the other question words is similar to #2 in general
questions: Say the question word, then invert the subject and verb.
||Where are you?
|¿Qué hacen ellos?
||What are they doing?
|¿Cuándo vamos a comer?
||When are we going to eat?
* Note that Spanish has a two-part question mark: an upside-down question
mark ¿ at the beginning of the question and ? at the end.
See my accents page to learn how
to type this.
* Also note that the subject
pronoun is optional.
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