Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "why" in Russian

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Meaning: why

Pronunciation: [pah-chee-MOO]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #120 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Почему́ ты спра́шиваешь меня́ об э́том?
  • Why are you asking me about this?
  • Почему́ ты изуча́ешь ру́сский язы́к?
  • Why are you studying Russian?
  • Я не зна́ю, почему́ он не пришёл сего́дня в шко́лу.
  • I don't know why he did not come to school today.
  • Профе́ссор спроси́л студе́нта, почему́ он не был на экза́мене.
  • The professor asked the student why he wasn't present at the exam.
  •  literal  The professor asked the student why he was not at the exam.
  • Почему́ ты опозда́л на встре́чу?
  • Why were you late to the meeting?
  • Ми́ша объясни́л почему́ он реши́л приня́ть уча́стие в соревнова́ниях.
  • Misha explained why he decided to participate in the competition.
  • А ты зна́ешь, почему́ ло́шади спят сто́я?
  • Do you happen know why horses sleep standing up?
  • Кто́-нибудь зна́ет, почему́ интерне́т в на́шем о́фисе сего́дня не рабо́тает?
  • Does anybody know why the Internet is not working in our office today?
  • Я не зна́ю, почему́ она́ не отвеча́ет на мои́ звонки.
  • I don't know why she is not answering my calls.
  • Почему́ в Росси́и таки́е холо́дные зимы?
  • Why are the winters so cold in Russia?

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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