為什麼

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See also: 为什么, 為甚麼, and 爲甚麼

Chinese[edit]

because of, for what
trad. (為什麼/為甚麼) 什麼/甚麼
simp. (为什么) 什么

Pronunciation[edit]


Adverb[edit]

為什麼

  1. why; for what reason

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 為什麼 (“why”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese Classical 為何何以
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) Formal 為何為什麼
Mandarin Beijing 為什麼
Taiwan 為什麼
Tianjin 為嘛
Harbin 為啥
Cantonese Guangzhou 點解做乜做乜嘢做咩為乜
Hong Kong 點解做乜做乜嘢做咩為乜做乜事幹因乜事幹因乜解究
Taishan 幾解做乜為乜乜頭路
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 做麼个
Liudui (S. Sixian) 做麼个
Hsinchu (Hailu) 做麼个
Dongshi (Dabu) 做麼个
Zhuolan (Raoping) 做麼个
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 做麼个
Min Nan Xiamen 為甚物按怎物代
Quanzhou 為甚物按怎物代
Zhangzhou 為甚物按怎
Taipei 為啥物是按怎
Penang 啥物事
Wu Shanghai 啥體為啥啥講究啥個講究啥個路道啥個緣故
Wenzhou 妝乜為乜事幹