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Just a quick question:
What's another way of saying 'The reason'?
(In context: The reason I enjoy running the Table Tennis club is because...)
I've used it one too many times in my personal statement and needed an alternative way of saying it!
Thanks a lot guys,
Approved answer (verified by Stefanos Xanthos)
I was hoping for an alternative, although dropping it out completely seems to work fine.
It has now been edited - Thank you, seriously!
Don't say "The reason is because". Say "The reason is that".
I understand it's grammatically wrong to say 'The reason is because', but could you just confirm with me that the rule still applied in this statement?
The reason I decided to do this was because I wanted to offer something back to my college.
For some reason, it still sounds okay, but if it's not, please let me know!
using The reason... + because... is a representative illustration of redundancy - more of anything that is (strictly) needed, usually resulting from repetition or duplication. A similar example:
They also visited us last week too. (either of the two underlined parts should be left out)
Although redundancy is common in spontaneous speech, it should be avoided. The ways of reconstructing the sentence (including The reason... is that...) have already been suggested by other contributors.
Respectfully, Gleb Chebrikoff
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