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  1. Newbie
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    the question AS TO why

    I'm struggling with this sentence:
    At the core, we investigate the question as to why the these industries have been characterized by poor labour productivity growth.

    Is the "as to" correct and appropriate for a formal academic text?

    I'm uncertain because sometimes in academic papers you read
    ... we investigate the question of why ...
    ... we investigate the question why ...

    Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: the question AS TO why

    Yes, it's fine. It's OK with just "why" as well; I don't like it with "of", though.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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