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    A grammar rule

    Hi teachers,

    I read a grammar book about adjective clauses. In this book, there is a grammar rule like this:

    What is the difference between "the reason that/which" and the "reason why"? Here is a simple formula:

    The reason (that/which) ==> Subject + Verb (Look out! There is no object.)

    The reason (that/which) ==> Verb + Object (Look out! There is no subject.)

    The reason (why) ==> Subject + Verb + Object (Look out! A complete sentence.)

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    What do you think? Is this correct? I am confused. I need an explanation.

    Addition:

    This rule is from "strategies for testers" book (Turkish book). For example:

    The slavery issue was only one reason ------- the northern and southern states fought against each other during the US Civil War.

    a) why
    b) that

    Which option should we choose?
    Last edited by Askandlearn; 17-Jan-2015 at 21:29.

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    #2

    Re: A grammar rule

    Well, "we" are not trying to learn this "rule". Which do you think is the better choice?

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    Re: A grammar rule

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Well, "we" are not trying to learn this "rule". Which do you think is the better choice?
    I think both options are correct. But if I stick to this terrible grammar rule, I should only choose "why". That's why I'm so confused :)

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    Re: A grammar rule

    Either choice is okay with me. But you can also choose neither, thus:

    The slavery issue was only one reason the northern and southern states fought against each other during the US Civil War.


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    Re: A grammar rule

    Thank you Tarheel :)

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