Spanish Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns
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Interrogative pronouns are those pronouns which are typically used to ask questions. As in English, interrogative pronouns are usually placed at the beginning of a sentence. The lessons above present the Spanish interrogative pronouns along with examples of their use. Note that some pronouns exist in singular and plural forms as well as masculine and feminine forms.
Spanish interrogative pronouns can be difficult for Spanish language learners. A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun, and interrogative means questioning, so interrogative pronouns are pronouns used to ask the questions who, what, which, how much/many, and where. Quién, qué, cuál, cuánto, and dónde are Spanish interrogative pronouns. Please note that the Spanish interrogatives all have accent marks. This is important when writing because these words have different meanings without the accent marks.
If you can remember your grammar lessons from primary school, you may recall the “five Ws” (who, what, when, where, why). These are refereed to as "interrogative pronouns" because they are pronouns which are used when asking a question. I attempted to develop a mnemonic device for Spanish interrogative pronouns, but few students thought that QQCD was very hellful to them when learning Spanish interrogative pronouns.
It is important to note that questions which use the interrogatives require more then a "yes" or "no" answer - they are requesting information. The interrogative pronouns replace the noun that we’re asking about in a sentence. We use them in direct questions and in indirect questions, for example:
¿Cuál es la lengua oficial de su país?
¿Quién es esa chica?
¿En qué piensa?
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