Cual or que?

Panchi

When do you use cual versus que when saying "what?"

ricardo-rich

Hola Panchi,
Here is a summary from Spanish Pronouns And Prepositions  by Dorothy Richmond, which was helpful to me when I  started learning.  If the word following the interrogative pronoun is a noun use ¿Qué?  if the word following  the pronoun is a verb or prepositional phrase use ¿Cuál? In other questions,  ¿Qué es tu nombre?  My name is a word people use when they  speak to me . ¿Cuál es tu nombre? Ricardo. The first elicits a definition, the second is asking what is your name from the world of names. I sought out a lot of  supplemental material and I recommend the book highly. Hope this helps.
Saludos,
Ricardo









 

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