reason


reason
reason
1. The construction after the reason is can be with that or because:

• One reason was that the Kuwaitis wouldn't give anyone a visa, except female print journalists —Photography, 1991

• The reason I like the Beatles is because they remind me of Chuck Berry —Q, 1991.

See the longer review of this question at because 3.
2. The combination reason why followed by a clause is recorded from the 13c and is a standard construction:

• Is there any good reason why we should have news bulletins, local and national, every hour on the hour, chat shows…and wall-to-wall discussion programmes? —Listener, 1984.

Objections occasionally heard are based on a spurious view of logic in language (i.e. why is already contained in reason) and cannot be regarded as sound. However, when reason, why, and because all occur in succession, the borderline into redundancy is crossed and the result is patently poor style: The reason why everyone is doing it is because [use that]

• it's getting ratings —CNN news transcripts, 2000 [OEC].


Modern English usage. 2014.

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