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Spanish - English (British) translations for "por qué"

"por qué" Spanish translation



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Meaning: why

¿Por qué llegaste tarde?

Why did you arrive late?

Meaning: for what

¿Por qué me llamaste?

For what reason did you call me?

Meaning: because of what

No entiendo por qué te enojaste.

I don't understand why you got angry.

Meaning: what for

¿Por qué necesitas dinero?

What do you need money for?


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A1: ¿Por qué no viniste a la fiesta?

A1: Why didn't you come to the party?

A1: No entiendo por qué estás enojado.

A1: I don't understand why you're angry.

A1: Por qué me gusta el chocolate.

A1: Why I like chocolate.

B1: Me gustaría saber por qué decidiste renunciar.

B1: I would like to know why you decided to quit.

B1: No puedo entender por qué sigues confiando en él.

B1: I can't understand why you still trust him.

B2: Quiero averiguar por qué ella se fue sin decirnos nada.

B2: I want to find out why she left without telling us anything.

B2: No sé por qué te molestas tanto por cosas insignificantes.

B2: I don't know why you get so upset about insignificant things.

C1: Me pregunto por qué habría hecho eso.

C1: I wonder why he would have done that.

C1: No puedo comprender por qué alguien haría algo tan cruel.

C1: I can't understand why someone would do something so cruel.

C2: No importa por qué lo hizo, no puedo perdonarlo.

C2: It doesn't matter why he did it, I can't forgive him.

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The Spanish adverb 'por qué' is a combination of the preposition 'por' meaning 'for' or 'because of', and the interrogative pronoun 'qué' meaning 'what'. Together, they form a phrase that translates to 'why' in English.

'Por qué' is used to ask for the reason or cause behind something. It is commonly used in questions to inquire about the motive or purpose of an action, event, or situation.

For example, if someone asks '¿Por qué estás triste?' it means 'Why are you sad?' The phrase 'por qué' can also be used in indirect questions, such as 'No entiendo por qué hizo eso' which translates to 'I don't understand why he/she did that.'

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