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    reason why

    Does one always put "why" after "reason"? I think it is OK to remove "reason". Am I right?

    1) She asked him to tell her the reason why she decided to leave the country.

    2) She asked him to tell her why she decided to leave the country.

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    Re: reason why

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Does one always put "why" after "reason"? I think it is OK to remove "reason". Am I right? Yes

    1) She asked him to tell her the reason why she decided to leave the country.

    2) She asked him to tell her why she decided to leave the country.
    If her reason is the reason he used, what was the reason for it all?

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    Re: reason why

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Does one always put "why" after "reason"? I think it is OK to remove "reason". Am I right?

    1) She asked him to tell her the reason why she decided to leave the country.

    2) She asked him to tell her why she decided to leave the country.
    You'll see "the reason why" used a lot but it's effectively tautologous. "Why" in a question means "What is the reason [that/for]... " and why in a statement means "the reason [that/for]".

    In the example you gave, you could omit "reason" or you could omit "why" and you would still have grammatical sentences.

    She asked him to tell her the reason [that] he decided to leave the country.
    She asked him to tell her why he decided to leave the country.
    She asked him to tell her his reason for deciding to leave the country.

    Note that I have changed the second "she" in your example to "he". Unless the second "she" referred to a third person (which was not specified) it looked as if "she" had decided to leave the country but didn't know why she had made that decision and asked a man to explain her own decision to her!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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