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    Because or that

    1. The reason I am late is because the bus broke down.
    2. The reason I am late is that the bus broke down.

    Can you please me tell me which above is correct.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Because or that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    1. The reason I am late is because the bus broke down.
    2. The reason I am late is that the bus broke down.

    Can you please me tell me which above is correct.

    Thanks in advance.
    They are both ok.


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    Smile Re: Because or that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    1. The reason I am late is because the bus broke down.
    2. The reason I am late is that the bus broke down.
    Can you please me tell me which above is correct.

    Thanks in advance.
    Both are correct. However, one could argue that "because" makes the sentence redundant, as "reason" tells us why, which is what "because" indicates as well. Just the same, I wouldn't make a big deal out of the possibility that someone could call this redundant. Both sentences are correct, and they mean the same thing.

    The idea communicated in this sentence, however, could be better and more efficiently expressed like this: I'm late because the bus broke down.

    Of course, in this case, we can't use "that" in place of "because".



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    Re: Because or that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    1. The reason I am late is because the bus broke down.
    2. The reason I am late is that the bus broke down.

    Can you please me tell me which above is correct.

    Thanks in advance.
    natural reaction to this barbarism is simply to condemn it as a redundancy. Follett, for example, notes that "because = for the reason that. Therefore, 'the reason is because' means 'the reason is for the reason that.'"

    "The Reason Is Because" vs. "The Reason Is That"
    https://www.e-education.psu.edu/styl...ts/c3_p27.html
    http://www.russinoff.com/david/usage/reason.html

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