This Spanish Easy Review grammar quiz takes a look at asking a question. How do people learn anything? They simply ask questions - lots and lots of questions. In English when we ask a question we use the question mark (?) to show that the sentence is a question. Spanish also uses the question mark (?) only it uses two question marks when writing. The first question mark comes at the very beginning of the sentence that will ask the question. This alerts the reader that a question is coming. However, the question mark that comes before the sentence is reversed and upside down as follows: ¿ The second question mark comes at the end of the sentence just as it does in English.
When writing Spanish, if you do not include both question marks in a sentence that is asking a question, the sentence structure itself will be wrong. For example, let’s look at 'cómo está'. This is asking, 'How are you?'. In Spanish when written it should look as follows:
If it were written as simply 'Cómo está?' (missing the first question mark), the sentence structure would be incorrect. For this quiz, however, we will just be looking at the question words themselves and not in the context of a sentence. You should be aware, however, of the correct usage of question words in a sentence. Therefore, in separate quizzes, showing the use of the Spanish question marks in simple sentences will demonstrate the punctuation mark's usage. For now, let's look at some question words.
|English||Spanish||Pronounced (Phonetically) As:|
|how||cómo||cō-mō (As the first 'o' has an accent mark, its sounds is stronger than the second 'o'.)|
|why||por qué||poor kāy|
Below are ten questions. From the list of answers, see if you can determine which one is the correct Spanish word for the capitalized question word.