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    The reason/Why...

    The reason I went to the store was to buy bananas.
    Why I went to the store was to buy bananas.

    Besides being just plain awkward, is there a grammatical reason the second sentence is wrong?

    (I realize that "I went to the store to buy bananas." is even better. I am trying to understand the part of speech and usage issues surrounding the use of "Why" in the second sentence.)

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    Re: The reason/Why...

    I agree it sounds awkward, but I don't see a grammatical error in that construction.

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