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  1. nininaz's Avatar
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    #1

    Exclamation "I don't understand the reason why you said that."

    Hello,

    Could anyone help me to understand what kind of these(bold part) clause are?

    A "I didn't understand the reason why you said that."

    B "I didn't understand why you said that."

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    #2

    Re: "I don't understand the reason why you said that."

    I think the first is an adjective clause modifying 'reason', while the second is a noun clause, the object of 'understand'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: "I don't understand the reason why you said that."

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post

    A "I didn't understand the reason why you said that."

    B "I didn't understand why you said that."
    In general, do not use "why" and "reason" together like that. If I were your editor, I would offer you the choice of "I don't understand why you..." or "I don't understand the reason you..."

    They have the same meaning.

    "The reason you said that" and "why you said that" are both noun phrases.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: "I don't understand the reason why you said that."

    As a teacher, I usually use the term a 'wh- clause'.

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