How to ask What is it in Spanish [+11 Examples & Quiz]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to ask what is it in Spanish.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to ask what is it in Spanish
  • how what is it in Spanish is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to ask what is it in Spanish
  • how to practice with flashcards regarding how to ask what is it in Spanish

Please refer to the Spanish A1 Page to get a better overview of Spanish grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of Spanish A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use what is it in Spanish!

Table of Contents

What is it in Spanish: An Overview

¿Qué es?What is it?
¿Qué es un/una…?What is a…?
¿Qué es el/la…?What is the…?
¿Qué es eso?What is that?

How to ask What is it in Spanish

In this lesson you will learn 4 ways to ask “what is it?” in Spanish.

  1. What is it? = ¿Qué es?

If you don’t know what something is, then you can simply just ask:

¿Qué es?

What is it?

You will then get an explanation.

Another example is the following:

A: Prueba esto.

B: ¿Qué es?

A: Es cuscús.

A: Try this.

B: What is it?

A: It’s couscous.

2. What is a…? = ¿Qué es un/una…?

If you want to refer to something non-specific you can say:

¿Qué es un/una…?

What is a…?

So imagine you heard un meteoro and un huracán, and you want to know what they mean. You can then ask:

¿Qué es un meteoro?

What is a meteor?

¿Qué es un huracán?

What is a hurricane?

Or, if you heard una selva and una pandemia, and you want to know what they mean. You can then ask:

¿Qué es una selva?

What’s a jungle?

¿Qué es una pandemia?

What’s a pandemic?

3. ¿Qué es el/la…? = What is the…?

If you want to refer to something specific, then you can ask:

¿Qué es el/la…?

What is the…?

So imagine you heard el amor and la verdad, and you want to know what they mean. You can then ask:

¿Qué es el amor?

What is love?

In this English sentence you can omit “the”.

¿Qué es la verdad?

What is the truth?

4. What is that? = ¿Qué es eso?

¿Qué es eso?

What is that?

This one is very similar to the first one.

However, rather than saying “what is it?” you will now say “what is that?”.

Example Sentences on How to ask What is it in Spanish

This section of the lesson on the how to ask what is it in Spanish is about seeing the idiom in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of how to ask what is it in Spanish through examples.

¿Qué es?

What is it?

A: Prueba esto.

B: ¿Qué es?

A: Es cuscús.

A: Try this.

B: What is it?

A: It’s couscous.

¿Qué es un/una…?

What is a…?

¿Qué es un meteoro?

What is a meteor?

¿Qué es un huracán?

What is a hurricane?

¿Qué es una selva?

What’s a jungle?

¿Qué es una pandemia?

What’s a pandemic?

¿Qué es el/la…?

What is the…?

¿Qué es el amor?

What is love?

¿Qué es la verdad?

What is the truth?

¿Qué es eso?

What is that?

Quiz Yourself on How to ask What is it in Spanish

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

What is it?¿Qué ?

What is it?
What is that?¿Qué es ?

What is that?
 
What is...?¿Qué la verdad?

What is the truth?
 

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