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When the interrogative pronoun replaces the noun and its position does not change, use quoi as opposed to que.

  Ils servent à quoi ? What are they used for?
  Tu aimes manger quoi ?
You like eating what?

Use que as opposed to quoi when the pronoun has been moved to the front of the sentence unless a preposition comes before it.

  Qu'aimes-tu manger ? What do you like to eat?
  À quoi sert-il ? What is it used for?
  De quoi avez-vous peur ? What are you scared of?

When que is the subject of a sentence, est-ce qui must be appended to it- qu'est-ce qui. When an object, continue to attach est-ce que.

  Qu'est-ce qui cause le hoquet ?
What causes hiccups?
  Qu'est-ce que tu fais avec ça ? What are you doing with that?
  Qu'est-ce que tu attends ? What do you expect?
  Qu'est-ce que c'est ? What's that?

The same is true for qui- when it is the subject of a sentence attach est-ce qui and continue to attatch est-ce que when an object.

  Qui est-ce qui m'appelle ?
Who is calling me?
  Qui est-ce que tu aimes ? Who do you love?

Quel ? Which?

 
Singular Plural
Masculine
quel quels
Feminine
quelle quelles

  Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it? (Which hour is it?)
 
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Il est neuf heures et demi.
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Il est minuit.
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It is half past 9.
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It is midnight.
  A quelle heure est la fête ?
What time is the party?(At which hour is the party?)
  Quel est le serpent le plus vénéneux d'Asie ?
What is the most venomous snake of Asia?
  Quelles sont tes secrets pour séduire les femmes ?
What are your secrets for picking up women?

Lequel ? Which one?

 
Singular Plural
Masculine
lequel lesquels
Feminine
laquelle lesquelles

  Voici deux chemins.
Nous devons prendre lequel ?

Here are two paths.
We should take which one?
  - Lesquelles voulez-vous ?
- celles-là, s'il vous plait
Which ones do you want?
-these , please
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