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Pronunciation: /waɪ; (AmE) hwaɪ/

Note that there are three ways of asking questions using why: Why did you go? = pourquoi est-ce que tu y es allé?, pourquoi y es-tu allé?, tu y es allé pourquoi?


  • 1 (in questions) pourquoi why do you ask? pourquoi est-ce que tu me poses la question?, pourquoi me poses-tu la question? why bother? pourquoi se tracasser? why the delay? pourquoi ce retard? why not? pourquoi pas? ‘tell them’—‘why should I?’ ‘dis-le-leur’—‘et pourquoi (est-ce que je devrais le faire)?’
  • 2 (making suggestions) pourquoi why don't we go away for the weekend? pourquoi ne pas partir quelque part pour le week-end? why don't I invite them for dinner? et si je les invitais à manger?


  • pour ça that is why they came c'est pour ça qu'ils sont venus I need to know the reason why j'ai besoin de savoir pourquoi

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