Why in a sentence

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Definition of Why

  • For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What pron., 1.
  • For which; on account of which; -- used relatively.
  • The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; -- used as a compound relative.
  • A young heifer.
  • the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

How to use why in a sentence. Why pronunciation.

There was no reason why he should not go; therefore there might be a reason why he should go.
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Perhaps that was why he had lived so near the person of the Prince, had held office so long.
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The reasons were clear in Nahoum's mind why he should not act yet.
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The dead man was in the bosom of Allah; then why should the living be beset or troubled?
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If there was foul play, why make things worse by sending another life after the life gone, even in the way of justice?
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She turned her head away from him, then composed herself again, and said quietly, with anxious eyes: "Why was nothing said or done?
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Why was it announced that he died in his bed at home?
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Perhaps he cared for her; perhaps that was why he smiled as he lay upon his bed, never to move again.
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If so, why should he not have cast a spell upon Nahoum?
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Why has he not already killed?
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Why shouldst thou bring thine insolence here?
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Why should this man be left to trouble Egypt?
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He knew now why he had kept the great beast until this hour, though tempted again and again to slay him.
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If our Femality had no Business in this World, why was it sent hither?
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Why, you turnip, if you had laid low and kept dark, there's chances to buy an American horse for mighty little more than you paid for that bloody old foreign relic.
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In the days I speak of he never could be made to comprehend why it was that twenty thousand dollars would not go as far in Nevada, where all commodities ranged at an enormous figure, as it would in the other Territories, where exceeding cheapness was the rule.
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Why, the fellow numbers already his feet by the thousands.
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Why you Impudent Rascal, says he, have you but one Whore in the House, that you make me thus stand empty-handed, like a Jack-a-napes, while my Companion's trading with the other?
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And yet when he came to see her, she wou'd wipe her mouth as if nothing had been the matter, and cry, why does my Sweeting stay so long away?
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Why who shall pay the rest?
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Examples of Why

Example #1
It might be, it no doubt was, in the way of facilitating his business.
Example #2
He dismissed the orderly with an affirmative and ceremonial message to Prince Kaid-and a piece of gold.
Example #3
There were no Grand Viziers in Egypt; but he was as much like one as possible, and he had one uncommon virtue, he was greatly generous.
Example #4
Nahoum Pasha had also a rich sense of grim humour.
Example #5
A new factor had changed the equation which had presented itself a short half hour ago.
Example #6
For a long time there was silence.