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porque
conjunction
1. because (debido a que)
  • ¡porque sí/no! just because!
  • lo hice porque sí I did it because I felt like it
  • ¡porque lo digas tú! says who?
  • lo vais a hacer porque lo digo yo you are going to do it because I say so
  • porque haga mal tiempo no vamos a quedarnos en casa we're not going to stay at home just because the weather's bad
2. so that, in order that (para que)
  • reza porque no nos descubran pray that they don't find us out
porque
conjunction
1 (por causa de que) because
no pudo ir porque estaba enferma she couldn't go because she was ill; ¿por qué no contestas? —porque no me da la gana "why don't you answer?" — "because I don't feel like it"; —¿por qué te vas? —porque sí "why are you going?" — "just because"; —¿por qué no puedo ir? —porque no "why can't I go?" — "just because"
2 (para que) so that; in order that
elevó la voz porque todos pudieran oírlo he raised his voice so that everyone could hear him o in order that everyone might hear him; recemos porque vuelvan let us pray that they may return
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