quién

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See also: quien

Asturian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

quién

  1. (interrogative pronoun) who (which person?, which persons?)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quem, accusative of quī.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkjen/, [ˈkjẽn]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -en

Pronoun[edit]

quién (interrogative, plural quiénes)

  1. who?, whom?; (with “de) whose?
    ¿Con quién hablo?With whom am I speaking?
    ¡Quién lo hubiera creído!Who would have believed it!?
    ¿De quién es este libro?Whose book is this?
    ¿Quién enseña la clase?Who teaches the class?
    ¿Quién carajo es Kevin?Who the hell is Kevin?
    no sabe quién ha llamado
    He doesn't know who has called
  2. (followed by a subjunctive clause in the imperfect or pluperfect tense) if only; I wish
    ¡Quién tuviera 20 años!How I wish I was 20 [years old]!
    ¡Quién hubiera tocado la lotería!If only I'd won the lottery!

Usage notes[edit]

The relative pronoun quien is written without the accent mark.