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Warum oder Wieso?

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Ich sehe “Warum” und “Wieso” used as “why” and I’m wondering when I should use which one.

5/23/2018, 9:05:33 PM

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They mean both the same thing, and they are really interchangeable. There is even a third one which can also be used: "Weshalb" They all are translated into "why".

Warum baust du ein Haus? = Wieso baust du ein Haus? = Weshalb baust du ein Haus? = Why do you build a house?

5/23/2018, 9:15:11 PM

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And a fourth: Weswegen baust du ein Haus?

Warum, wieso, weshalb, weswegen: The four whys.

5/23/2018, 10:42:29 PM

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Why so many? Is it dependent upon the context?

5/25/2018, 8:58:50 PM

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I don't know why there are so many words but they are all interchangable. Some people prefer the one or the other but it doesn't change the meaning since you always want to know "why" something happens or happened?

5/25/2018, 9:32:11 PM

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Nope. When I wrote "the four whys" it wasn't a clever invention of mine. It's simply a good way to remember how many and which they are.

You can choose based on preference. Pick the one that's easiest for you and run with it. Personally, I'm a warum-girl: short and sweet.

There's one thing to keep in mind: the English "Why" -- "Because!"

"Because" is always translated depended on which of the whys you choose. Examples:

"Warum?" -- "Darum!"

"Weshalb?" -- "Deshalb!"

"Weswegen?" -- "Deswegen!"

These pairs belong together and are not interchangeable. You cannot say "Warum?" -- "Deswegen!" It will always be "Darum!", even though they all mean "Because!".

You'll note that I did not include "wieso". It doesn't have a partner. In answer, one might say, "Wieso nicht?" ("Why not?") as a rhetorical question. Or "Weil [explanation]." ("Because [explanation].").

5/27/2018, 5:24:18 PM

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You can use these words synonymously. "Wieso" sounds more colloquial, whereas "Warum" can also be used in a more formal context. "Weshalb" is another synonym, which is even more formal. You can't go wrong with "Warum", it is always appropriate.

5/23/2018, 9:28:57 PM

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You can use "warum" at all times. "Wieso" is acceptable too. It's like the difference between "why" and "how come".

5/23/2018, 9:20:34 PM

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Thanks everyone! Glad this wasn’t as confusing as prepositions.

5/23/2018, 11:58:47 PM
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