1. Keeping the tense consistent

Ex:

1. The reason why it was created is to remove any risks of overheating.

2. The reason why it was created was to remove any risks of overheating.

Is the second setence the correct one?

2. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

If you don't mind my suggestion:
It was created to remove any risk of overheating.

There is no reason at all to say "The reason it was created" when you have this type of "to" construction, and you NEVER needs to say "The reason why [something happened].

3. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

Originally Posted by Barb_D
If you don't mind my suggestion:
It was created to remove any risk of overheating.

There is no reason at all to say "The reason it was created" when you have this type of "to" construction, and you NEVER needs to say "The reason why [something happened].
Is it correct to say "the reason+why"?
I was wondering about this because my teacher told me several times not to use 'why' after 'the reason' but ' that'.

4. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

Originally Posted by dut_thinker
Is it correct to say "the reason+why"?
I was wondering about this because my teacher told me several times not to use 'why' after 'the reason' but ' that'.
The 'why' after 'reason' is superfluous because both mean the same thing. reason = why.
But I much prefer Barb's way of putting it - precise and concise. Why use more words than necessary?

5. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

Even worse is: "The reason why ... is because ..."

6. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

The reason I am calling you is ...
not
The reason why I am calling you is ...

The reason he wrote the book was ...
not
The reason why he wrote the book was ...

And as Barb D said, you don't use "because" in these constructions either.

The reason I am calling you is that I need a favour.
not
The reason I am calling you is because I need a favour.

To echo 5jj's sentiments, the absolute worst possible sentence here would be:

The reason why I am calling you is because I need a favour!

7. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

Originally Posted by dut_thinker
Is it correct to say "the reason+why"?
I was wondering about this because my teacher told me several times not to use 'why' after 'the reason' but ' that'.

8. Re: Keeping the tense consistent

Originally Posted by tedtmc
The 'why' after 'reason' is superfluous because both mean the same thing. reason = why.
Not agreed.

I could give you several reasons why the word "why" is sometimes needed.
I could give you several reasons why the word "why" is sometimes needed.

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