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"Porqué" is a noun which is often translated as "reason", and "por qué" is a phrase which is often translated as "why". Learn more about the difference between "porqué" and "por qué" below.
porqué(
pohr
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keh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. reason
Sigo sin entender el porqué de la reacción de mi hermana.I still don't understand the reason for my sister's reaction.
b. cause
Nunca se descubrió el porqué de su muerte.The cause of his death was never known.
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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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