Missing English word
It is handy to keep in mind series of words directly corresponding to each
Say, English WH question words have simple direct Russian translations:
|which||который, какой||kotoryj, kakoj|
If I do not know an answer to a question
and do not like to go into details (say, because they are irrelevant),
I can reply by a single word.
In Russian, you just add a tiny suffix "-то" to the question word:
|Question word||Indefinite word|
Let us try to translate this table.
|English question word||Indefinite word|
|what ... for||somewhat ... for|
In most cases, the indefinite word is formed by adding the
prefix some to the question word.
Sometimes the question word is replaced by an appropriate noun:
For example, when is transformed to sometime,
rather than to somewhen.
But what to do with why? I really don't know!
In English there is no word somewhy.
But there is no any other word which could be used instead.
I desperately miss it!
I mean a precise replacement.
"For some reason" is not acceptable,
because "why" may refer not only to a reason, but also to a cause, accident, or whatever.
Really, I would appreciate any solution of this riddle.
Or explanation, why there is no solution.