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    Default It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    Is it wrong when I say: 'It is the reason why I tell you the secret'?
    Is it redundant to use 'why ' after 'reason' ?
    then, 'It is the reason I tell you the secret'
    which is better? (as well as 'the place where...', 'the time when...')
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    Default Re: It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    Hi, trueheart.
    You've made a good point. I'm interested.
    Let's wait for native speakers to reply.

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    Default Re: It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Is it wrong when I say: 'It is the reason why I tell you the secret'?
    Is it redundant to use 'why ' after 'reason' ?
    then, 'It is the reason I tell you the secret'
    which is better? (as well as 'the place where...', 'the time when...')
    Thanks!
    Hi,

    IMO, it's correct. Only, as a personal choice, I would say "This/that is the reason why".

    Using "why" after "reason" sounds a bit redundant, but it may fit the context better than omitting it.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    Thanks so much for your help. Now you make me more sure. Because I have just had a big argument with my roommates on this problem.

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    Default Re: It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Thanks so much for your help. Now you make me more sure. Because I have just had a big argument with my roommates on this problem.
    Others might shed more light on this matter.
    Let's wait. It's really an interesting topic for me.
    My guess would also be it's redundant, which seems to be why those relative adverbs tend to be replaced by 'that'.

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    Default Re: It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    Last edited by anhnha; 03-Sep-2012 at 18:00. Reason: Add P.S

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    Default Re: It is the reason why I tell you the secret

    It's redundant and, while not ungrammatical, generally considered to be poor style. I suggest you rewrite.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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