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2 An interrogative word is a word you use to ask a question. An interrogative sentence is a question. Pregunta is the Spanish word for question.

3 People ¿quién?who?singular ¿quiénes?who?plural ¿con quién?with whom? ¿de quién?whose? Things ¿qué?what? ¿cuál?which?singular (or what?) ¿cuáles?which?plural ¿cuánto, -a?how much? ¿cuántos, -as?how many?

4 Location ¿dónde?where? ¿adónde?to where? ¿de dónde?from where? Time ¿cuándo?when? Reason ¿por qué?why? Description ¿cómo?how?

5 All interrogative words have a written accent mark. Spanish questions have question marks both before and after the question. The question mark at the end of the question is exactly like an English question mark. ? The extra question mark at the beginning of the question is an upside-down English question mark. ¿ If only part of the sentence is a question, the question marks go around only that part of the sentence. Marco es inteligente, pero ¿es trabajador también?

6 With Interrogative Words In questions with interrogative words, the verb comes before the subject. The order is: interrogative word + verb + subject + (rest of sentence) ¿Qué come Elena en el restaurante? ¿Adónde van Uds. después de las clases? ¿Por qué va Ignacio a la playa todos los días?

7 Differences from English In English, we use the verb do (or its other forms: did, dont, doesnt, etc.) to signal that a question is coming. We do not translate this do into SpanishEnglish is the only Indo-European language that uses a particular verb to introduce questions. In an English question, the subject comes after do and before the action verb. In a Spanish question, the subject usually comes after the action verb.

8 Without Interrogative Words You dont always need to use an interrogative word to ask a question. For simple questions that can be answered sí or no, you can change a statement into a question just by raising your tone at the end: ¿Ana va a la biblioteca?

9 Without Interrogative Words To emphasize that you are asking a question, you can also: put the verb before the subject: ¿Va Ana a la biblioteca? OR add ¿verdad? (right?) or ¿no? to the end: Ana va a la biblioteca, ¿verdad? Ana va a la biblioteca, ¿no?


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