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por qué or porqué?

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Is there any difference between those two words? please enlight me because i can't understand :/

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SancteAmbrosi

Por qué is an interrogative translated as "Why?" Porque is usually translated "because."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandromx95

see this picture i hope you understand :) http://prntscr.com/5ook7b

3 years ago

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CarloEdoar
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This is really useful! thank you

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandromx95

de nada, que bueno que te sirvió, si tienes alguna duda quizá te pueda ayudar

3 years ago

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CarloEdoar
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Muchas gracias! usted es una buena persona (i added you on facebook!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RamiroSotto
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  • ¿Por qué? <--> Why?
  • Porque... <--> Because...

Examples:

  • Why was you sad yesterday? <--> ¿Por qué estuviste triste ayer?
  • Because my girlfriend left me <--> Porque mi novia me dejó.

Words like "porqué" doesn't exist in the correct spanish, but many people use it, incorrectly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SancteAmbrosi

Porqué is a noun that means something similar to "reason." It is masculine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RamiroSotto
RamiroSotto
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After a longtime I finally understand what you're saying, and yes, it seems to be that the word "porqué" actually exists and it's used in some phrases like "Hay demasiados porqués..." (There are too many reasons) or "Quiero saber el porqué de tu ayuda" (I want to know the reason of your help).

What I wanted to say in the last comment is that many people write "porqué" wanting to write "por qué" (a gramatical but very common error).

3 years ago

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CarloEdoar
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Thank you! Is there any pronounciation difference between them? (I think not?)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RamiroSotto
RamiroSotto
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Yes, there is, defenitely. You can hear the pronunciation of both words here:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SancteAmbrosi

What RamiroSotto said. Pronunciation is linked to the accent. The unaccented words have a first syllable stress, while the accented ones have second syllable stress.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Clarification for native English speakers:

  • "porqué" with an accent is actually a rarely used noun meaning reason.
  • "porque" without an accent (which to a native Spanish speaker is a completely different word) means "because".
  • "por qué" means "why". You can think of it as meaning literally "for what (reason)".
  • "porqué" with an accent is a common mistake when used to mean "because".

Did I get all that right?

3 years ago

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Perfect.

3 years ago

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umm...what's the difference between 1 and 4?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

The word as written is the same, but the intended meanings are different.

3 years ago

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hmm..ok. I thought it was a typo as por que was missing from the list.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Nope. But as far as I know, por que is just how someone might write por qué if they don't have accents available on their keyboard. It's not a word in itself.

3 years ago

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remoonline
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Not able to respond to your last comment. But that is a wrong assumption.
http://spanish.about.com/od/writtenspanish/a/porque.htm

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PepePerez14

No hay preocuparse mucho, la mayoría de los españoles lo confunden !!

3 years ago

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CarloEdoar
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That doesn't mean anything, i want to learn spanish in the proper way!

3 years ago