Difference between porqué and por que (noun vs preposition + conjunction)

These two words, porqué and por que, although they look nearly the same, have two different functions in a sentence.

Note that porqué and por que, are different from por qué and porque which you are already familiar with from Difference between porque and por qué (because and why).

Let's see the difference between porqué and por que:

1. PORQUÉ

Porqué is written as one word with a written accent and is a masculine noun.

No comprendo el porqué de su actitud tan negativa.
I don't understand the reason for his negative attitude.

No te voy a explicar los porqués de mi decisión.
I won't tell you the reasons for my decision.

As a noun, any associated article (el, los, un, unos) or other determiner such as possesive adjectives (mi, tu, su, etc.) must agree

Porqué can be used in its plural form porqués, as you can see in the second example above.

2. POR QUE

Por que  is written as two words with no written accent. It is formed by the preposition por and conjunction que, and its translation is for which. However, it is often translated as "that" or "why". You can also use por que when a phrasal verb like preocuparse por, luchar por, etc., is naturally followed by que.

Esta es la razón por que he venido.
This is the reason why I came.

Me preocupo por que no le guste.
I am worried that she won't like it.

Remember:

  • Porqué = a reason, a cause (noun)
  • Por que = for which, that, why (preposition + conjunction)

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No te voy a explicar los porqués de mi decisión.
I won't tell you the reasons for my decision.


No comprendo el porqué de su actitud tan negativa.
I don't understand the reason for his negative attitude.


Me preocupo por que no le guste.
I am worried that she won't like it.


Esta es la razón por que he venido.
This is the reason why I came.


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