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    Default "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    Are all three versions correct usage? Is one preferred?

    The reason why students did not score high on this test is...

    The reason that students did not score high on this test is..

    The reason students did not score high on this test is...

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    All are acceptable and used.

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    But beware: 'The reason why...is because...' is used but I wouldn't call it 'acceptable'.

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    Bob, you wouldn't call it acceptable? So that means the first version is not recommended to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Bob, you wouldn't call it acceptable? So that means the first version is not recommended to use?
    It is okay, except if the word 'because' raises its ugly head in it.

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die."

    Obviously this is not the same grammatical usage, but I wonder what part of the persistence of "the reason why is" we can thank Tennyson for.

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    who is Tennyson?:o

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    Alfred Lord Tennyson was an English poet who wrote, among many other things, the lines quoted by abaka.

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    Default Re: "The reason that" or "The reason why"

    As Anglika has said all are used, but it is best to avoid this; The reason why students did not score high on this test is... because there will always be people who will criticize it's use.

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