Why: Question words, wh-questions

Why: Question words is a simple topic. Why shows the reason or cause. However comparing why vs what for is interesting.


Why are you reading? (What is the reason/cause?)

Why or for what reason, these two constructions intend to reveal reason or cause. What for as well as for what purpose, these two constructions ask about purpose or goal.

More on that why vs what for and for what reason vs for what purpose

one of the sources: wikipedia.org

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