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    Default reason/cause

    Unexplained bruises that occur for no apparent reason/cause may indicate a bleeding disorder. Bruises in old people frequently occur because their skin has become thinner with age.

    Can either word in bold be used?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: reason/cause

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Unexplained bruises that occur for no apparent reason/cause may indicate a bleeding disorder. Bruises in old people frequently occur because their skin has become thinner with age.

    Can either word in bold be used?

    Thanks in advance.
    I would use "reason".

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    Default Re: reason/cause

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Unexplained bruises that occur for no apparent reason/cause may indicate a bleeding disorder. Bruises in old people frequently occur because their skin has become thinner with age.

    Can either word in bold be used?

    Thanks in advance.
    "Reason" fits here.

    In order to use "cause", the preposition before it would have to be changed:

    Bruises that occur with no apparent cause ...

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