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This is the reason that he failed
Which part of the sentence is the noun clause anchored to, do you think? What is the function of the noun clause?
Last edited by svartnik; 10-Jun-2009 at 11:21.
1. This is the reason that he failed.
2. This is the reason why he failed.
3. This is the reason he failed.
4. This is the reason for why he failed.
Are these good?
I have been learning English for two and a half years longer than you. Let me see what happened in this period.
'the reason that he failed' is a predicate nominative that explains the subject 'this', which is in the shared knowledge of the speaker and the listener. 'that he failed' is a restrictive adjectival clause that identifies 'the reason'. The NP relates to what it modifies: 'the reason'.
Last edited by svartnik; 10-Jun-2009 at 11:53.
"gives an emotional reason for why he was made"
If you think so, could you make this better?