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    Correct?

    Hello teachers,

    These were of my today exam questions:

    -Could you tell me the ........... why you are alwas late.

    They say it should be reason. Do you agree? Wouldn't it sound strange with reason?

    -How big is Tokyo? -It's.............. a large population.

    what is the answer to this?Only one word should be used.

    .................................................. ..........................

    Which one is correct?

    He made childeren work.
    He made childeren to work.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Hello teachers,

    These were of my today exam questions:

    -Could you tell me the ........... why you are alwas late.

    They say it should be reason. Do you agree? Wouldn't it sound strange with reason?

    -How big is Tokyo? -It's got a large population.

    what is the answer to this?Only one word should be used.

    .................................................. ..........................

    Which one is correct?

    He made the childeren work.
    He made the childeren to work.
    or The children were made to work.

    Many thanks in advance.


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    Re: Correct?

    Could you tell me the reason why you are always late.

    If it is correct, then what is the difference(If there's any) between the above and the followings:

    Could you tell me the reason you are always late.
    Could you tell me why you are always late.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Could you tell me the reason why you are always late.

    If it is correct, then what is the difference(If there's any) between the above and the followings:

    Could you tell me the reason you are always late. (used, but not standard)
    Could you tell me why you are always late.
    There's not much difference - it's just using or not using the reason.

    Thanks.


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    Re: Correct?

    Could you tell me the reason you are always late. (used, but not standard)

    Not to be so annoying, but what's wrong with the sentence that makes it a
    non-standard one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Could you tell me the reason you are always late. (used, but not standard)

    Not to be so annoying..
    But you are.

    It's collocation, and it's always the reason why.


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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    But you are.

    It's collocation, and it's always the reason why.

    Then let me not leave it til I get the whole stuff.

    I thought collocations are made after being used for long time by people, is it right?
    If it is not, then is it like a grammer rule?
    And if it is right, then we can't say:"this sentence is used but it's not standard"

    Thank you for standing me dear teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Then let me not leave it til I get the whole stuff.

    I thought collocations are made after being used for long time by people, is it right?
    collocation - a combination of words in a language, that happens very often and more frequently than would happen by chance by Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    If it is not, then is it like a grammer rule? Rather.
    And if it is right, then we can't say:"this sentence is used but it's not standard" Sounds awful to me!

    Thank you for standing me dear teacher.
    Not at all (a teacher).

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    Re: Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    But you are.

    It's collocation, and it's always the reason why.
    Is it?
    Should "reason why" be avoided? Preferably, if "why" adds nothing to the meaning.
    COMMON GRAMMAR ERRORS


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    Re: Correct?

    collocation - a combination of words in a language, that happens very often and more frequently than would happen by chance.
    I am sorry to be annoying again, but I need to know it.Did you just confirm my thought about being used by people?

    Let me say it like it is on my mind.

    If the following sentence happens often in speaking, then why can't we call it a collocation?

    Could you tell me the reason you are always late

    Regarding that you said the reason why is a collocation, so it is the correct answer.
    Thanks.

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