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what

pronoun, adjective /wot/
used in questions etc when asking someone to point out, state etc one or more persons, things etc
qué
What street is this? What’s your name/address/telephone number? What time is it? What (kind of) bird is that? What is he reading? What did you say? What is this cake made of? ’What do you want to be when you grow up?’ ’A doctor.’ Tell me what you mean I asked him what clothes I should wear.
(also adverb ) used in exclamations of surprise, anger etc
qué
What clothes she wears! What a fool he is! What naughty children they are! What a silly film this is!
whatever relative adjective, relative pronoun any (thing(s) or amount) that
todo(s) lo(s) … que
I’ll lend you whatever (books) you need.
whatnot noun such things
esas cosas, cosas de ese tipo
He told me all about publishing and whatnot.
what’s-his/-her/-its etc -name noun used in referring vaguely to a person or thing
fulano, mengano
Where does what’s-his-name live?
whatsoever /-sou-/ adjective at all
en absoluto, para nada
That’s nothing whatsoever to do with me.
know what’s what to be able to tell what is important
saber de qué va la cosa
You need to know what’s what in this job.
what about? used in asking whether the listener would like (to do) something
qué tal, y si, qué te/os/… parece
What about a glass of milk? What about going to the cinema?
used in asking for news or advice
qué tal, y
What about your new book? What about the other problem?
what … for why(?)
por qué, para qué
What did he do that for?
for what purpose(?)
para qué
What is this switch for?
what have you and similar things; and so on
y tal
There were clothes, books and what have you lying scattered about the room..
what if? what will or would happen if …?
¿y si…?
What if he comes back?
what … like? used when asking for information about someone or something
cómo
’What does it look like?’ ’It’s small and square.’ ’What’s her mother like?’ ’Oh, she’s quite nice.’ We may go – it depends (on) what the weather’s like.
what of it? used in replying, to suggest that what has been done, said etc is not important
¿y qué?
’You’ve offended him.’ ’What of it?’
what with because of
entre… y, con lo de… y…
What with taking no exercise and being too fat, it’s no surprise that he had a heart attack.
(Definition of what from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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