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Hi,

Which one is correct?

“There has to be a perfectly reasonable explanation of/ for why he’s been keeping away from social media.”

Thank you.

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Purely in terms of their frequency in published works, the Google Ngram Viewer says these occur as shown in the list below, most frequent first:

explanation of why
explanation for why
explanation why

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=explanation+why%2Cexplanation+of+why%2Cexplanation+for+why&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cexplanation%20why%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cexplanation%20of%20why%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cexplanation%20for%20why%3B%2Cc0

CJ

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Ann225“There has to be a perfectly reasonable explanation why he’s been keeping away from social media.”

CB

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