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Cuál es el pronóstico del tiempo

jrsundySpanish SpecialistFri, 31 Dec 2010 18:15:14 +0000
Why couldn't you use Que ? instead of Cuál
sjlkhSpanish SpecialistSat, 01 Jan 2011 02:00:01 +0000
What is the weather forecast? My thoughts......

Cuál does mean which/what and would normally be used to express a choice. Normally "Cuál" would not be used ahead of a noun which pronóstico is, you would therefor use "Qúe" with an accent meaning "what?" as you suggest.

I hope I'm right!!!
nohabloSpanish NoviceSat, 01 Jan 2011 17:37:58 +0000
I think sjlkh may be incorrect here. If you say ¿Qué es el pronóstico del tiempo?" you're asking for the definition of a weather forecast. Thus, an answer would be "A weather forecast is a prediction of what the weather will be like in the future." If you're not asking for a definition but rather for the specific forecast (e.g., tomorrow it will be sunny with highs in the 70s), you'd use "¿Cuál es el pronóstico del tiempo?"

Here are some links to discussions of the difference between Qué and Cuál:

http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/que_vs_cual.htm
http://spanish-podcast.com/2008/02/02/que-cual-spanish-grammar/

http://www.spanishgrammargenius.com/que_cual_interrogative_pronouns_difference_Spanish.htm

The last one should be all on one line, but the forum's feeble interface broke it up.

I hope this helps.
sjlkhSpanish SpecialistSat, 01 Jan 2011 23:09:12 +0000
Hi nohablo,

Thanks for the clarification. On further review of your links and my text books I see the differences. Qúe es......as you say is requesting a definition of "a" weather forecast and Cuál es.....as you say is asking what is "the" weather forecast.

In this example, if using "qúe" in requesting the definition, should you also use "un" instead of "el"?

Muchas gracias!
nohabloSpanish NoviceSun, 02 Jan 2011 01:18:50 +0000
Hola sjlkh. Yes, I think using "un" would be better, but I think whenever you use "Qué es... " you are signalling that you're looking for a definition, except perhaps in a few idiomatic expressions.
Mike 9Spanish NoviceSun, 02 Jan 2011 13:05:28 +0000
I'm just learning and I'm confused by the word "tiempo".

How do you know if it means "weather" or 'time"?

In English, I suppose it would be a homonym and the definition of it would be determined by how it is used in a sentence.

Is this the same in Spanish?

Thanks.

Mike
sjlkhSpanish SpecialistSun, 02 Jan 2011 18:04:39 +0000
"Tiempo" means both weather and time. You may also see "clima" used to mean weather. I believe they are interchangeable but are likely be be used regionally.
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