Quien vs Quién: How to Know Which One To Use [+11 Examples & Quiz]

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn about quien vs quién.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • quien vs quién
  • how quien vs quién are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on quien vs quién
  • how you can practice with flashcards on quien vs quién
  • 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 quien vs quién!

Table of Contents

Quien [Without an Accent]

Quien means who.

It is a relative pronoun.

The plural form of quien is quienes.

Here are some examples:

Mi ex novio, quien era dueño de una empresa de informática, se ha mudado a Los Angeles.

My ex-boyfriend, who owned a computer company, has moved to Los Angeles.

Ese chico, con quien hablamos en la fiesta del sábado, ha enviado un mensaje a Laura.

That boy, who we talked to at the party on Saturday, has sent a message to Laura.

Quien algo quiere, algo le cuesta.

Whoever wants something has to give something back.

Mis padres, quienes llevan juntos desde la adolescencia, van a celebrar sus bodas de oro.

My parents, who have been together since they were teenagers, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

Siempre se recompensa a quienes se esfuerzan.

Those who make an effort are always rewarded.

Quién [With an Acccent]

Quién means who.

You use quién in direct and indirect questions.

The plural form of quién is quiénes.

Here are some examples:

No se quién me dio ese consejo, pero es un buen consejo.

I don’t know who gave me that advice, but it’s good advice.

No entiendo quién ha podido hacernos esto.

I don’t understand who could have done this to us.

¿Quién se ofrece para ir a comprar más hielo?

Who is volunteering to go and buy more ice?

¿Quiénes son los que cantan antes de los Rolling Stones?

Who are the people who sing before the Rolling Stones?

Quien vs Quién

A useful trick that you can use if you are ever in doubt is to see if you can replace “who” with “which person”.

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

If you cannot, then you have to use quien [without an accent].

¿Quién necesita tanto dinero?

Who needs so much money?

Quien intenta quedar bien con todos, termina solo.

Who tries to get along with everyone ends up alone.

Example Sentences on Quien vs Quién

This section of the lesson on quien vs quién is about seeing the pronouns used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of quien vs quién through examples.

Mi ex novio, quien era dueño de una empresa de informática, se ha mudado a Los Angeles.

My ex-boyfriend, who owned a computer company, has moved to Los Angeles.

Ese chico, con quien hablamos en la fiesta del sábado, ha enviado un mensaje a Laura.

That boy, who we talked to at the party on Saturday, has sent a message to Laura.

Quien algo quiere, algo le cuesta.

Whoever wants something has to give something back.

Mis padres, quienes llevan juntos desde la adolescencia, van a celebrar sus bodas de oro.

My parents, who have been together since they were teenagers, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

Siempre se recompensa a quienes se esfuerzan.

Those who make an effort are always rewarded.

No se quién me dio ese consejo, pero es un buen consejo.

I don’t know who gave me that advice, but it’s good advice.

No entiendo quién ha podido hacernos esto.

I don’t understand who could have done this to us.

¿Quién se ofrece para ir a comprar más hielo?

Who is volunteering to go and buy more ice?

¿Quiénes son los que cantan antes de los Rolling Stones?

Who are the people who sing before the Rolling Stones?

¿Quién necesita tanto dinero?

Who needs so much money?

Quien intenta quedar bien con todos, termina solo.

Who tries to get along with everyone ends up alone.

Quiz Yourself on Quien vs Quién

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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It is the best way to memorize what you learn, you can personalize your progression because it adapts to your actions, and all flashcards have audio to improve your hearing and pronunciation.

Please read our article on how to learn a new language for more information on flashcards and the best way to learn a new language.

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