Spanish translation of 'why'
⇒ why not?
¿por qué no?
⇒ why on earth didn't you tell me?
¿por qué demonios no me lo dijiste?
⇒ I know why you did it
sé por qué lo hiciste
⇒ why he did it we shall never know
no sabremos nunca por qué razón lo hizo
⇒ that's why I couldn't come
por eso no pude venir
⇒ which is why I am here
que es por lo que estoy aquí
⇒ why, it's you!
¡toma, eres tú!,
¡anda, eres tú!
⇒ why, what's the matter?
bueno, ¿qué pasa?
⇒ why, there are 8 of us!
¡si somos 8!
⇒ why, it's easy!
¡vamos, es muy fácil!
⇒ the whys and (the) wherefores
Why can usually be translated by por qué:
⇒ Why didn't you come?
¿Por qué no viniste?
Remember the difference in spelling between por qué (why) and porque (because). To ask specifically about the purpose of something, you can translate why using para qué:
⇒ They asked her why she hadn't finished her report
Le preguntaron por qué no había terminado el informe
In statements, you can translate (the reason) why using por qué, la razón (por la que) or el motivo (por el que):
⇒ Why go if we are not needed?
¿Para qué vamos a ir si no nos necesitan?
Translate that's why using por eso:
⇒ Tell me (the reason) why you don't want to accept the proposal
Dime por qué or la razón por la que or el motivo por el que no quieres aceptar la propuesta
Like all question words in Spanish, porqué can function as a masculine noun. Note that in el porqué, porqué is written as one word:
⇒ That's why they wouldn't pay
Por eso no querían pagar
⇒ I'd like to know why he's absent or the reason for his absence
Me gustaría saber el porqué de su ausencia
For further uses and examples, seewhynoun
Example Sentences Including 'why'
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Why not rise, I thought.The Times Literary Supplement (2012)
It is not entirely obvious why.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
So why the price rises?Times, Sunday Times (2017)
The answer was "it depends ", and reasons were given as to why the answer had to be inconclusive.Corporate Cloak and Dagger (1994)
There seems no obvious reason why the other investors should rush to accept the terms on offer, given the obvious upside.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Why is there evil in the world?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Why the rise of fathers who kill for vengeance?The Sun (2016)
Probably the evil; else why was the effect that of unrest rather than of undisturbed charm?Daniel Deronda (1876)
Questions need to be answered about why this has happened.The Sun (2014)
The obvious question is why it took him so long to emerge.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
We just need to find the answer why - and often it is just down to small details.The Sun (2006)
And why the recent rise?Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Quite why this glaringly obvious idea had not occurred to anyone before is one of the enduring mysteries of the SAS story.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Why so many evil characters?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
And why this evil man deserves to be freed.The Sun (2014)
Campaigners want answers as to why the'insulting' payoff was awarded.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Has she figured out yet why the answer was no?Times, Sunday Times (2007)
IT'S obvious why the number of prisoners on the run has doubled.The Sun (2012)
It is obvious why he pushed the idea that these conferences are necessary and then grabbed the role of host.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
It was not obvious why there should be such a link.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Why did we not get a pay rise and why is staff morale at an all-time low?The Sun (2010)
It is obvious why many fear that this quake will only add to those problems.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
There is no glib answer to why suffering is part of the divine plan.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Again it is obvious why these things can be disturbing.Banish Anxiety - how to stop worrying and take charge of your life (1991)
The first step is to write down what you're trying to accomplish and why.Christianity Today (2000)
And if the how is difficult to answer, the why is more difficult still.A Guide to Megalithic Ireland (1992)
And that is why the answer to that question must be a resounding "no'.THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)
Trends of 'why'
Extremely Common. why is one of the 1000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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'why' in Other Languages
British English: why /waɪ/ ADVERB
You use why when you are asking about the reason for something.
Why did you do it?
- American English: why
- Arabic: لـِمَاذا
- Brazilian Portuguese: Porquê?
- Chinese: 为什么
- Croatian: zašto
- Czech: proč
- Danish: hvorfor
- Dutch: waarom
- European Spanish: por qué
- Finnish: miksi
- French: pourquoi
- German: warum
- Greek: γιατί
- Italian: perché
- Japanese: なぜ
- Korean: 왜
- Norwegian: hvorfor
- Polish: dlaczego
- European Portuguese: por que motivo
- Romanian: de ce
- Russian: почему
- Spanish: por qué
- Swedish: varför
- Thai: ทำไม
- Turkish: niçin
- Ukrainian: чому
- Vietnamese: tại sao
Nearby words of 'why'
Translation of why from the Collins English to Spanish Dictionary