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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Part of the reason for...

    Part of the reason for his failing the exam is laziness.

    Is the part in bold correctly used?

    Thanks.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Part of the reason for...

    It's OK, but I would say his laziness.

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    Re: Part of the reason for...

    Also, I'd say 'One of the reasons...'

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    Re: Part of the reason for...

    What I don't understand is why "Part of the reason..." is correct when there should be at least one reason for something to happen. Is it idiomatic?
    "One of the reasons..." makes more sense to me.

    Could someone please let please comment on this? Thanks.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Part of the reason for...

    There could be a single reason, of which the laziness was a part- the rest would be related. However, I agree with Rover that one sounds better.

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