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"Por qué" is a phrase which is often translated as "why", and "como" is an adverb which is often translated as "like". Learn more about the difference between "por qué" and "como" below.
por qué(
pohr
 
keh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in direct interrogative clauses)
a. why (adverb)
¿Por qué no te gustan las guayabas?Why don't you like guavas?
2. (in indirect interrogative clauses)
a. why (adverb)
Me gustaría saber por qué los gatos ronronean.I would like to know why cats purr.
3. (in exclamations)
a. what (pronoun)
¡Por qué cascadas más hermosas pasó la lancha!What beautiful waterfalls the skiff passed through!
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como(
koh
-
moh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (comparative)
a. like
Quiero ser como tú.I want to be like you.
2. (used to express manner)
a. as
Haz como te digo.Do as I say.
3. (used to express a role or function)
a. as
Uso mi teléfono como una computadora.I use my phone as a computer.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (used to express cause)
a. since
Como no estabas aquí, tomé la decisión por ti.Since you were not here, I made the decision for you.
5. (used to express condition)
a. if
Como llegues tarde al examen, no se te dará más tiempo.If you arrive late for the exam, you will not be given extra time.
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