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Question words

Question words
Question Words

1. By now we have learnt how to ask a number questions. Here are some of these questions.

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Como é o seu nome? = What is your name?

Como se escreve? = How do you write it?

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Qual é o seu nome? = What is your name?

Qual é o seu trabalho? = What is your job?

Qual é o seu número de telefone? = What is your telephone number?

Qual é o seu email? = What is your email?

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O que você faz? = What do you do?

Que país é este? = What country is this?

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Quem é esta? = Who is this? (female person)

Quem é ela? = Who is she?

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De onde você é? = Where are you from?

De quem é este cão? = Whose is this dog?

2. O que or que?

Que usually means ‘what’ and qual usually means ‘which’. Sometimes qual is translated as ‘what’.

Example: Qual é o seu nome? = What is your name?

When do we use o que and que ?

This is flexible and you can use only que anytime. But some speakers may feel that not using o que is incorrect. Here is some guidance:

o que / que syntax
O que você faz? O que + pronoun / verb *
Que país é este? Que + noun

* There are exceptions. However, the above covers most of this issue.

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