What? or Which?  

Resources Spanish 101 Qué and Cuál
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Qué and cuál can be confusing...

qué = what
cuál / cuáles = what or which

We often use qué in questions:

for a definition/explanation

¿Qué es?
      What is it?
¿Qué pasa?
      What's up? / What's wrong?

before nouns

¿Qué fecha es hoy?
      What is today's date?
¿Qué hora es?
      What is the time?

We often use cuál / cuáles in questions:

before a form of ser (to be)

¿Cuál es la llave?
      Which is the key?
¿Cuáles son tus muñecas?
      Which are your dolls?
¿Cuál es tu dirección?
      What is your address?

among choices:

¿Cuál prefieres?
      Which do you prefer?


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