Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

El diccionario y el tesauro de inglés online más consultados por estudiantes de inglés.

  

Definición de “what” en inglés

what

pronoun, exclamation (QUESTION)    /wɒt/ US  /wɑːt/ informal
used to ask someone to say something again: "I think we should leave at twelve." "What?" "I said I think we should leave at twelve."Question words and expressions Gramática:ExclamationsWe use exclamations to express surprise or shock or a strong emotion about something. The type of phrase or clause associated with exclamations is called exclamative.Gramática:What …!We can use what + noun phrase ((+ verb) (+ tag)):Gramática:How …!We often use how followed by an adjective only:Gramática:Exclamatives with interrogative formWe sometimes make an exclamation using interrogative (question) word order:Gramática:Questions: interrogative pronouns (what, who)We use interrogative pronouns to ask questions. They are: who, which, whom, what and whose. These are also known as wh-words. Questions using these are called wh-questions:Gramática:Interrogative pronouns: usesWe use who and whom on their own:Gramática:WhatWhat is a wh-word. We use what to ask questions and as a pronoun and determiner.Gramática:What as a question wordWe can use what to ask for information about things and actions:Gramática:What meaning ‘please repeat’We can use what in informal situations to ask someone to repeat something if we don’t hear it or understand it:Gramática:Emphatic questions with whatever and what on earthWe can ask emphatic questions using whatever or what on earth to express shock or surprise. We stress ever and earth:Gramática:What as a pronounWe can use what as a pronoun to mean ‘the thing(s) that’:Gramática:What as a determinerWe can use what in exclamations to express a strong feeling or opinion. In this case, we use what as a determiner before a noun or before a/an (+ adjective) + noun:Gramática:What … for?We can use what … for? in two ways. We can use it in informal situations to mean why?:Gramática:What: typical errors
(Definition of what pronounexclamation (QUESTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Más sobre la pronunciación de what

Definiciones de “what” en otros diccionarios

Palabra del día

scramble

to mix eggs with a little milk and mix again as they are being fried

Palabra del día

Blog

Lee nuestro blog sobre cómo funciona el inglés

Aprende más

Palabras nuevas

Encuentra palabras y significados que se emplean en inglés desde hace poco, y dinos qué piensas

Aprende más