Definition of 'why'
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Example sentences containing 'why'
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It is not entirely obvious why. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So why the price rises? Times, Sunday Times (2017)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)Campaigners want answers as to why the'insulting' payoff was awarded. Times, Sunday Times (2016)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)There is no glib answer to why suffering is part of the divine plan. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The obvious question is why it took him so long to emerge. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Why is there evil in the world? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Questions need to be answered about why this has happened. The Sun (2014)IT'S obvious why the number of prisoners on the run has doubled. The Sun (2012)And why this evil man deserves to be freed. The Sun (2014)Has she figured out yet why the answer was no? Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was not obvious why there should be such a link. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It is obvious why many fear that this quake will only add to those problems. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Again it is obvious why these things can be disturbing. Banish Anxiety - how to stop worrying and take charge of your life (1991)It is obvious why he pushed the idea that these conferences are necessary and then grabbed the role of host. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The first step is to write down what you're trying to accomplish and why. Christianity Today (2000)Why did we not get a pay rise and why is staff morale at an all-time low? The Sun (2010)Probably the evil; else why was the effect that of unrest rather than of undisturbed charm? Daniel Deronda (1876)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)And if the how is difficult to answer, the why is more difficult still. A Guide to Megalithic Ireland (1992)We just need to find the answer why - and often it is just down to small details. The Sun (2006)The answer was "it depends ", and reasons were given as to why the answer had to be inconclusive. Corporate Cloak and Dagger (1994)And why the recent rise? Times, Sunday Times (2015)Why so many evil characters? Times, Sunday Times (2008)Why not rise, I thought. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)
Trends of 'why'
Extremely Common. why is one of the 1000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'why'
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
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