Interrogative Adjectives

Adjetivos interrogativos

Qué, cuál, and cuánto are Spanish interrogative adjectives. An adjective is a word that modifies a noun, and interrogative means questioning, so interrogative adjectives are adjectives used to ask the questions "what," "which," and how "much/many." Note that all of these words have accents.

Qué means "what?" or "which?" and is used to refer to ideas or things.

¿Qué libros quiere?   What books does he want?
¿Qué parte no comprendes?   Which part don’t you understand?
¿Qué coche te gusta?   Which car do you like?

Cuál means "what?" or "which?" – it is used when distinguishing between two or more things. It has the plural form cuáles.

¿Cuáles libros quiere?   What books does he want?
¿Cuál parte no comprendes?   Which part don’t you understand?
¿Cuál coche te gusta?   Which car do you like?

Cuánto means how much and its plural cuántos means "how many?"

¿Cuánto dinero tienes?   How much money do you have?
¿Cuántos libros necesitamos?   How many books do we need?
¿Hay cuántas plumas?   How many pens are there?

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