Quick answer
"Why" is an adverb which is often translated as "por qué", and "really" is an adverb which is often translated as "muy". Learn more about the difference between "why" and "really" below.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in questions)
a. por qué
Why are you crying?¿Por qué lloras?
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (in relative clauses)
a. por qué
I don't know why she left me.No sé por qué me dejó.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (explanation)
a. el porqué
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you really want to know why?¿De verdad quieres saber el porqué?
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (well)
a. vaya
Why! Look who just arrived!¡Vaya! ¡Mira quién acaba de llegar!
b. anda
Why, surely you don't think Anna stole your ring!Anda, ¡no pensarás que Anna te robó el anillo!
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (very)
a. muy
I had a really good time with you last weekend.La pasé muy bien contigo el fin de semana pasado.
b. de verdad
Tana French's books are really good. You should read them.Los libros de Tana French son buenos de verdad. Deberías leerlos.
2. (truly)
a. de verdad
You're right; he really does look a lot like Humphrey Bogart.Tienes razón; de verdad se parece a Humphrey Bogart.
b. realmente
It really was unexpected.Realmente fue inesperado.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
3. (expressing surprise)
a. de verdad
You're going to have another slice of pizza? Really?¿De verdad vas a comer otro pedazo más de pizza?
b. en serio
You got into Harvard? Really? Congratulations!¿Te aceptaron en Harvard? ¿En serio? ¡Enhorabuena!
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