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por qué no
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (used in suggestions)
a. why not
Por qué no bañarse de noche en el lago. A mí me parece una gran idea. - A mí también.Why not go for a swim at night in the lake at night. I think it's a great idea. - Me too.
b. why not?
¿Te apetece cenar conmigo esta noche? - Sí, por qué no.Do you feel like having dinner with me tonight? - Yes, why not?
2. (used to express cause)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No sé por qué no le pides a Claudio que te invite a cenar. Seguro que dice que sí.I don't know why you don't ask Claudio to take you to dinner. He'll surely say yes.
¿Por qué no quieres venir con nosotros, Lisa?Why don't you want to come with us, Lisa?
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