Cuando vs Cuándo: How to Know Which One To Use [+7 Examples & Quiz]

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn about cuando vs cuándo.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • cuando vs cuándo
  • how cuando vs cuándo are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on cuando vs cuándo
  • how you can practice with flashcards on cuando vs cuándo
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about cuando vs cuándo!

Table of Contents

Cuando [Without an Accent]

Cuando is a relative adverb.

Cuando means “when” when it is used to begin a subordinate clause.

Here are some examples:

Escuchamos un ruido enorme cuando salimos del metro.

We heard a huge noise when we came out of the metro.

Mañana es cuando se cumplen diez años de su muerte.

Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of his death.

Cuándo [With an Acccent]

You use cuándo in questions and in direct and indirect exclamatory sentences.

Cuándo means “when”.

Here are some examples:

¿Cuándo vais a anunciar vuestra boda a la familia?

When are you going to announce your wedding to the family?

¡Cuándo terminará esta agonía!

When will this agony end!

Mamá me ha preguntado cuándo vas a venir a visitarla.

Mum asked me when you are coming to visit her.

Cuando vs Cuándo

A useful trick that you can use if you are ever in doubt is to see if you can replace “when” with “at what moment in time”.

If you can do so, then you have to use cuándo [with an accent].

If you cannot do so, then you have to use cuando [without an accent].

¡Cuándo dejará de molestarnos!

When (at what moment) will he stop bothering us!


El próximo sábado es cuando mi hermana dará a luz.

Next Saturday is when my sister will give birth.

Example Sentences on Cuando vs Cuándo

This section of the lesson on cuando vs cuándo is about seeing the pronouns used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of cuando vs cuándo through examples.

Escuchamos un ruido enorme cuando salimos del metro.

We heard a huge noise when we came out of the metro.

Mañana es cuando se cumplen diez años de su muerte.

Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of his death.

¿Cuándo vais a anunciar vuestra boda a la familia?

When are you going to announce your wedding to the family?

¡Cuándo terminará esta agonía!

When will this agony end!

Mamá me ha preguntado cuándo vas a venir a visitarla.

Mum asked me when you are coming to visit her.

¡Cuándo dejará de molestarnos!

When (at what moment) will he stop bothering us!


El próximo sábado es cuando mi hermana dará a luz.

Next Saturday is when my sister will give birth.

Quiz Yourself on Cuando vs Cuándo

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

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

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!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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