What? or Which? - preterite  

Resources Spanish Preterite Tense Qué vs 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

¿Y qué dijo él?
      And what did he say?
¿Qué pidió Juan?
      What did John order?

before nouns

¿A qué hora vinieron los muchachos a la clase
      hoy?

      What time did the boys come to class today?

We often use cuál / cuáles in questions:

before a form of ser (to be)

¿Cuál fue tu mascota favorita?
      Which was your favorite pet?
¿Cuáles fueron las canciones que cantó ella?
      Which were the songs that she sang?

among choices:

¿Cuál de las corbatas preferiste?
      Which of the neckties did you prefer?


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