English Vocabulary why and because in english

Ajarn Ken

Using Why and because - they mean the same thing, dont they?

Diane from Tunisia

Hi Diane

In English, “why” and “because” have similar meanings, but we generally use “why” in questions and “because” in answers.

For example, we can ask, "Can you touch the ceiling? " with the answer, "No, I can’t touch the ceiling."

We can then ask, "Why not? " with the response, "Because, the ceiling’s too high for me to touch."

Another example, "Can you put this book into your pocket? " with the response, "No, I can’t put that book into my pocket."

The follow up question could be, "Why not? " with the reason, "Because it’s too large."