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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.

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    #2

    Re: reason

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    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?
    I think it must be "This is the reason why he failed".


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    Re: reason

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I think it must be "This is the reason why he failed".
    Zdrastvuite

    Thanks for the answer; however, this was not part of my question

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    Re: reason

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Zdrastvuite

    Thanks for the answer; however, this was not part of my question
    Privet, Svartnik!
    I like your Russian. Though we are here to discuss different questions in English. I didn't answer you 'cause I wasn't sure of it.


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    #5

    Re: reason

    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?


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    Re: reason

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    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?
    Only sentence #4 needs repair.

    Drop either 'why' or 'for'.
    Or
    This is the reason for his failure.


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    Re: reason

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    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?

    Hello Svartnik,

    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'.


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    Re: reason

    Svartnik,

    How shall we dance? | The Japan Times Online
    None of this is in the film; it was just a way of explaining and gives an emotional reason for why he was made.

    Do you think that this sentence is ungrammatical, and that "for" or "why" should be deleted?


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    Re: reason

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Svartnik,

    How shall we dance? | The Japan Times Online
    None of this is in the film; it was just a way of explaining and gives an emotional reason for why he was made.

    Do you think that this sentence is ungrammatical, and that "for" or "why" should be deleted?
    No, I still think "for why" is tautologous.
    Last edited by svartnik; 10-Jun-2009 at 11:53.


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    Re: reason

    Svartnik,

    "gives an emotional reason for why he was made"
    If you think so, could you make this better?

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