зачем

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Etymology[edit]

univerbation of the phrase за чем, from the preposition за + чем, instrumental singular of что (što, what).

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Adverb[edit]

заче́м (začém)

  1. (interrogative adverb) why? (with what object/for what purpose) The reply begins withчтобы’ or ‘затем, чтобы’.

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