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    What como relativo

    Hi people!!

    I have a question:

    Do you have to use the auxiliary 'do/does' in an affirmative sentence when you use what / how, etc. ?
    For example:
    Lo que significa la amistad → what ~ friendship means
    Cómo se sienten → how ~ they feel

    I think it's not necessary, but I would like to know what you think.

    Regards!
    Everyone wants happiness without any pain, but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain ~ Please, correct my mistakes, I'm learning!

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    Re: What como relativo

    Each of your examples are not complete affirmative sentences. You could add the auxiliary words and a question mark. Whatever form you want, it appears you will need an auxiliary word.

    What does friendship mean?
    How do they feel?
    Larry (I prefer it to being called Graham, prefiero Larry, no Graham)

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    Re: What como relativo

    As Graham says, we need whole sentences. It is possible to use your phrases without an auxiliary (I don't know what friendship means/We understand how they feel) but your reference to "relativo" is confusing me a bit.

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    Re: What como relativo

    grahamcracker, I don't want to make this sentences into questions The whole example is 'the children learnt little by little what friendship means'. If i don't put a question mark I can't use the auxiliary, can I?

    inib, I mean, for example, 'This is exactly what I wanted to find out.'
    In Spanish this use of what is translated into lo que
    , and que in this case is a relative pronoun.
    Everyone wants happiness without any pain, but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain ~ Please, correct my mistakes, I'm learning!

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    Re: What como relativo

    Thanks for the example, NEBTL.
    You are right. No auxiliary is necessary in this case. There is no question or any other reason to use it.

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    Re: What como relativo

    I can understand it now

    I'm really grateful. Lots of thanks to both of you!
    Everyone wants happiness without any pain, but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain ~ Please, correct my mistakes, I'm learning!

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