Зачем and Почему - both these words google translator will translate as "why". Yes, they both can mean "why" but there is a difference.

Почему? - why? - this word

always means "why".

Зачем? - why? Meaning of this word is closer to "for what/what for?"

There is also Для чего? - for what? That has the same meaning as Зачем.

Let's consider roots of the word Зачем: this word consists of two words "за чем" that also means "for what?"!


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