"What for" is a phrase which is often translated as "para qué", and "For what?" is a phrase which is often translated as "¿Para qué?". Learn more about the difference between "what for" and "For what?" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. para qué
Why don't you tell your boss about this situation? - What for? I can imagine what he's going to say.¿Por qué no hablas con tu jefe acerca de esta situación? - ¿Para qué? Puedo imaginar lo que va a decir.