Question Words

In previous lessons we have looked at how accent marks are used to indicate stress in Spanish. In some cases, however, accent marks are placed on the stressed vowel of a word even though the word's stress follows the rule. That is the case, for the following words when they are used to introduce a direct or implied question or exclamation. When these words are used outside that context, they do not have an accent. Here is a list:

Consider the following examples:

Finally, just for fun, look at this somewhat silly statement:

It means something like What? How do I eat? I eat the way I eat.

When this starts to make sense, try the quiz.