How Spanish Questions are Asked and How they are answered

How Spanish questions are asked and how they are answered

Let's see how Spanish questions are asked and how they are answered: Lesson by Think & Free

In every language as well as Spanish there are differences in the use of questions and answers, depending on the gender, the singular and plural. Of course, The Spanish language questions are very simple to use. And can be easily learned if you understand them. Let’s see How Spanish Questions are Asked and How they are answered?. First, let’s look at how to ask questions in a first-person sentence.

First-person 

  1. Can I eat ? –  ¿puedo comer?
  2. Can I call you ? – ¿Puedo llamarte?
  3. Can I see you ? – ¿puedo verte?
  4. Can I buy it ? – ¿Puedo comprarlo?
  5. Can I go? – ¿puedo ir?

You can see how the word puedo has become special here. puedo means can i?. The word puedo is used when asking questions and can vary depending on the first person, second person, or third person.

second-person

  1. Can you help me? – ¿me puedes ayudar?
  2. Can you hear me ? – ¿Puedes oírme?
  3. Can you speak English ? – ¿Puedes hablar inglés?
  4. Can you dance ? – ¿Puedes bailar?
  5. Can you ask ? – ¿Puedes preguntar?

This case is different from the first- person. You can see how the word puedo changes to puedes when you go to the second person.

Third-person

  1. Is she okay ? – ¿Está ella bien?
  2. Is she married ? – ¿Está ella casada?
  3. Is he married ? – ¿Es el casado?
  4. Is he a singer ? – ¿Es el cantante?
  5. Are they good students ? – ¿Son buenos estudiantes?

There is no clear pattern here and it seems to vary depending on gender. Let’s look at some other ways in which we can ask questions. 

WH questions

  1. What is your name ? – ¿Cuál es tu nombre?
  2. What did you do that for ? – ¿Para qué hiciste eso?
  3. What do you mean ? – ¿qué quieres decir?
  4. When are you coming ? – ¿Cuando vienes?
  5. When do you want to come ? – ¿cuándo quieres venir?
  6. When are they leaving ? – ¿Cuando ellos se están yendo?
  7. Who are you ? – ¿Quién es usted?
  8. Whom do you live with ? – ¿con quién vives?
  9. Which do you like ? – ¿Cuál te gusta?
  10. Whose birthday today ? – ¿De quién es el cumpleaños hoy?
  11. Why are you so happy ? – ¿Por qué estás tan feliz?
  12. How was the film ? – ¿Cómo estuvo la película?

Closed questions

  1. May I use the bathroom? – ¿Puedo usar el baño?
  2. Will you please do me a favor? – ¿Me harías un favor?
  3. Is that your final answer? – ¿Es esa tu última respuesta?
  4. Are you feeling better today? – ¿Te encuentras mejor hoy?
  5. Have you already completed your homework? – ¿Ya completaste tu tarea?

Tag questions

  1. He isn’t here, is he? – Él no está aquí, ¿verdad?
  2. I’m never on time, am I? – Nunca llegó a tiempo, ¿verdad?
  3. The bus stops over there, isn’t it? – El autobús para allí, ¿no?
  4. Mom eats cheese, doesn’t she?  – mamá come queso, ¿no?
  5. They could hear me, couldn’t they? – Podrían oírme, ¿no?

Probing questions

  1. How can we help? – ¿Cómo podemos ayudar?
  2. Could you please give me some time? – ¿podrías por favor darme algo de tiempo?
  3. Tell me more about it? – ¿Dime más acerca?
  4. Why do you think it is happening? – ¿Por qué crees que está sucediendo?
  5. Who else is aware of it? – ¿Quién es más consciente de ello?

Let us now see how to answer the questions

The first thing to keep in mind is that it is short and clear when answering a question. It allows the person asking the question to get a clear idea of what you are talking about.

  1. Yes – sí
  2. No – no
  3. Is it? – ¿Lo es?
  4. I think so – Creo que sí
  5. Let’s do that – Vamos a hacer eso

The answer cannot be assumed to be like this because it may vary depending on the question being asked. That’s it for Today’s lesson How Spanish questions are asked and how they are answered. Keep in touch with our latest lessons.

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