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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    Smile why or that

    1. Is there any reason ______ you can't come?
    2. The reason _____ I'm late is because I missed the bus.

    Which fits better in the blanks, why or that?
    Is it possible that both fit?


    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #2

    Re: why or that

    In my opinions ,we will use " why" in both of those blanks .


    • Join Date: May 2006
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    #3

    Re: why or that

    I think so, too.

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    #4

    Re: why or that

    According to Understanding English Grammar by Martha Kolln (4rth Edition. MacMillan Publishing Company: New York. 1994. cited here), the relative adverb why modifies the noun reason and it is often omitted in that environment:

    Ex: Do you know the reason why Isabel isn't in class today?
    Ex: Do you know the reason Isabel isn't in class today?

    Moreover, many writers prefer "that" in a clause referring to "reason":

    Ex: I know the reason that men like motorcycles.

    All the best.

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