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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:23:43 AM
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The reason he is late is because he woke up late.

Is the above sentence correct?

Thanks.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:56:58 AM

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It's correct, but

"He is late because he woke up too late."
would sound better.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
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He is late because he overslept.
sureshot
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:30:47 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
The reason he is late is because he woke up late.

Is the above sentence correct?

Thanks.

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The pattern "The reason.... because... " is not considered correct in some forms of English e.g. formal Indian English because it has a touch of redundancy. So, you will need to keep in mind the style being followed in your country. There are many writers who have used and who continue to use the pairing "reason ...because". It appears in the letters and formal prose of many literary writers, among them are Francis Bacon, Jonathan Swift, John Adams, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and E. B. White.

One argument against "the reason is because" is that it tries to attack the grammatical soundness of the phrase, claiming that "the reason is" requires a descriptive clause beginning with "that" because of the linking verb "be",which grammatically, connects a subject to the description following. This is achieved by using "that". The ensuing clause is the descriptive relative clause.So, grammarians following this school of thought consider
using "because" to introduce the subordinate clause after "reason" i
to be not correct, at least in formal English.

In sum, "the reason is because" has been attested in literary use for centuries. If you aren't comfortable using the phrase, or feel that it's awkward, don't use it. If you wish to be non-controversial, you may use the pairing "reason... that... ". However, you should not point out the pairing " reason... because...' as an error in the writings of others.



Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:14:29 PM

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sureshot wrote:

However, you should not point out the pairing " reason... because...' as an error in the writings of others.



I would expand that advice to include any error you think you have stumbled upon in the writings (or speech) of others.
georgew
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 12:45:19 AM

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This usage has annoyed me for years every time I have encountered it. "The reason is because ... " is grammatically and logically wrong. "The reason is THAT ... " fixes the problem. Easy.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 1:12:07 AM

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georgew wrote:
This usage has annoyed me for years every time I have encountered it. "The reason is because ... " is grammatically and logically wrong. "The reason is THAT ... " fixes the problem. Easy.


Not so bad as "The reason why is because . . ."!
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