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"Porque" is a conjunction which is often translated as "because", and "por qué" is a phrase which is often translated as "why". Learn more about the difference between "porque" and "por qué" below.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (indicating cause)
a. because
Mi hermano está triste porque no ganó el concurso.My brother is upset because he did not win the contest.
2. (indicating a result)
a. that
Reza porque tu mamá no se entere.Pray that your mother doesn't find out.
b. so that
Porque podamos ir de viaje, tenemos que sacar nuestros pasaportes.So that we can go on a trip, we need to get our passports.
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por qué(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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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