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Which of the following is to be preferred, and why?

  1. The reason for why the grass is wet is that it rained last night.

  2. The reason why the grass is wet is that it rained last night.

  • The grass is wet because it rained last night. This seems the simplest and most elegant expression of the meaning. I am always suspicious of "reason(s)" and "why" being next to each other. There can be reasons for things but there is usually a better way of expressing "reasons why". – Rob D Sep 11 at 10:25
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The reason for why the grass is wet is that it rained last night.

In this sentence 'for' should be removed; then it's ok. The reason for this is because 'why' is enough and there is no need to add 'for'. Why do you even need to use 'for' anyway? I don't understand!

Your second sentence is completely correct. Use that one. :)

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You can either say

The reason why the grass is wet is that it rained last night.

or, leaving out 'why',

The reason the grass is wet is that it rained last night.

or, to make it more complicated, replacing 'why' with 'for a certain reason',

The reason for which the grass is wet is that it rained last night.

  • How does this answer the question asking for the reason one or another verson is preferred? – tchrist Sep 11 at 18:05

protected by tchrist Sep 11 at 18:03

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