The reason to go abroad is to study.

The reason for me going abroad is to study.

These two examples sound correct to me.it popped into my mind that if the following expression would be correct.

The reason for me to go abroad is to study.

As a native speaker , do you think it sounds correct? If so , what is its difference from the first sentence above in meaning?

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    They are all okay, but it would be more natural to say My reason for going abroad is to study. By the way, are you from Turkey? – BillJ Dec 28 '15 at 18:51
  • @BillJ .Yes Turkey. – Cihangir Çam Dec 28 '15 at 18:56
  • I'd say the second alternative sounds clunky, and would always use @BillJ's suggestion instead. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 28 '15 at 18:56

All three sentences mean pretty much the same thing. The main difference is that the second and third sentences include the word me, which means YOUR reason for going abroad is to study. In fact, the first sentence may not make sense in most contexts, because it suggests that study is the primary reason or possibly even the only reason for most or all people to go abroad.

You could probably say what you want to say with this sentence:

I'm going abroad to study.

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  • I wanted to see what options I can use, using the word reason. – Cihangir Çam Dec 28 '15 at 19:06
  • I see. Some more options include... "I want to go abroad for one reason: to study." "My primary reason for wanting to go abroad is to study." "Study is one reason I'd like to go abroad." – David Blomstrom Dec 28 '15 at 21:54

Acually, there is no difference in meaning between number two and number 3. English learners use different ways in speaking and writing. But in both number two and number three are different from number one in meaning. Number one refers to general reason that the speaker thinks yet number two and three refers to only the speaker's reason. Hope this can help.

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