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"why" in British English

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whyadverb

uk   /waɪ/  us   /waɪ/
A1 for what reason: "I'm going home." "Why?" Why did you choose to live in London? Why wait? Let's leave now. Why should I help him - he never helps me? Why is it that I find chocolate so addictive? The police asked me to explain why I hadn't reported the accident sooner. I don't know why she isn't here. Quite why he isn't here today is a mystery. There is no reason why we shouldn't succeed.

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whyexclamation

uk   /waɪ/  us   /waɪ/ mainly US or old-fashioned

whynoun

uk   /waɪ/  us   /waɪ/
(Definition of why from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"why" in American English

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whyconjunction, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /hwɑɪ, wɑɪ/
for what reason: Why do you like living in Paris? She’ll ask why you don’t have your homework.
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(Definition of why from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “why”
in Korean 왜…
in Arabic لِماذا…
in Malaysian mengapa…
in French pourquoi…
in Russian почему?…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為甚麼…
in Italian perché…
in Turkish neden, niçin, ne diye…
in Polish dlaczego, czemu…
in Spanish por qué…
in Vietnamese tại sao…
in Portuguese por que, por quê…
in Thai ทำไม…
in German warum…
in Catalan per què…
in Japanese どうして, なぜ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为什么…
in Indonesian mengapa…
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“why” in British English

That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
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by Kate Woodford We all need words and phrases for saying that things are good or great – that we find them nice or very nice. This post aims to give you more ways to say that you like, or really like, something. Starting with a very frequent adjective; lovely is used a lot in UK English

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