How to answer questions with WHY in English
When we are speaking we are often asked questions with WHY or HOW COME and there are 2 ways you can answer them. This post explains it all…
The first way to answer a WHY question is by giving a reason for your answer or justifying the answer using a basic connector like because/as/since + a phrase. Study the example: Why do you enjoy your job? I enjoy my job because my boss is really kind to us and lets us have time off.
However, we can also use because of/due to/owing to/on account of. The grammar is a little different. Study the example: Why do you enjoy your job? I love my job because of the timetable. It is really flexible.
The second way is by expressing purpose using the full infinitive, in order + infinitive or so that + modal verb. Study the examples: Why are you looking for a new job? I am looking for a new job to earn a higher salary. I am looking for a new job in order to work only in the mornings. I am looking for a new job so that I can have more free time in the evenings.
Another thing to take into account is that there are two ways of asking why questions. You can ask why + auxiliary verb. Why have you always lived in Spain? Or you can ask with how come. How come you have always lived in Spain?
Practice with these speaking questions:
- Why did you choose the job you have?
- Why would you like to change jobs?
- Why did you decide to go to university?
- Why have you been working in the same job for so long?
- Why do you enjoy your job?
- How come you work such long hours?
- How come you haven’t ever changed jobs?
- How come you get on well with your workmates?
- How come you decided to stay in your own country and not live abroad?
- How come you are so good at your job?