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I hear a lot of “c'est pourquoi” lately, so I just want to know what it means. Also with “parce que”.

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  • C'est pourquoi introduces a consequence/result/effect. Exemples:
    1. Les personnes âgées peuvent perdre la perception de la soif, c'est pourquoi elles risquent la déshydratation: Old people may loose the ability to feel thirsty, that's why they risk dehydration.
    2. Il y a eu la découverte du gisement gasier North Dome dans le golf persique, c'est pourquoi il y a ces guerres en Irak et en Syrie: There's this North Dome gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf, that's why these wars in Irak and Syria.
  • Parce que introduces a reason/cause. Examples:

    1. Les personnes âgées risquent la déshydratation parce qu'elles peuvent perdre la perception de la soif: Old people risk dehydration because they could loose the ability to feel thirsty.
    2. Il y a ces guerres en Irak et en Syrie parce qu'on a découvert le gisement gasier North Dome dans le golf persique: There are these wars in Irak and Syria because we've discovered North Dome gas condensate field in the Persian Gulf.
  • Is "c'est pour ça q'..." an option, or have I imagined it/ misheard "c'est parce que"? – medica Dec 7 '15 at 4:11
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    @medica That's also correct (although written que or qu' depending on what follows). C'est pour ça que... is somewhat equivalent to It's for that reason that... – Jacque Goupil Dec 7 '15 at 14:45
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Could " c'est pourquoi " mean: that's why. And " parce que " mean: because.

Haha if it's true, I answered my own question.

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    You have, indeed. – Laure Dec 5 '15 at 19:10
  • Voilà pourquoi also means "This/it is why..." – Mason H. Hatfield Jan 10 '16 at 20:41

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