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    Reason why and reason that

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    The reason ___________ he was absent from school is that he had an accident.
    A- why (key)
    B- that
    I have been taught that REASON WHY and REASON THAT are interchangeable. Is it right, please?

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    Re: Reason why and reason that

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/zht/...6%B3%95/reason
    Having read the above, I think both A and B are correct and can simply be omitted.
    I would prefer A if I have to choose.
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    Re: Reason why and reason that

    I would use neither in natural BrE.

    The reason he was absent from school is ...

    If I had to use an extra word, I would use "that". I tell my learners that "reason why" doesn't work because "reason" means "the explanation for why" so you would effectively be saying "the explanation for why why".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Reason why and reason that

    Ironically, 'reason why' is more common according to Ngram Viewer.
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    Re: Reason why and reason that

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I"reason why" doesn't work because "reason" means "the explanation for why" so you would effectively be saying "the explanation for why why".
    That is what I was taught at school many years ago, and I still don't use 'reason why'. However, I think it was always like like split infinitives - an invention of those who preferred logic to observation of what people actually said and wrote.

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    Re: Reason why and reason that

    I'd like to agree with those who opt for omitting 'why' or 'that' after 'reason'. But a quick search in the OXFORD Collocations Dictionary for Students of English may encourage some learners to, actually, use the word 'why' (in some situations). Take a look for yourself:

    Surely there is no earthly reason why you wouldn't want to come with us.
    We see no reason why this band shouldn't be a huge success.
    Give me one good reason why I should help you.


    Go figure.

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