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Do you need the “why” in “That's the reason why”? [duplicate]

I often hear people say things like “That's the reason why I....” As far as I know, “That's the reason I...” would still be grammatically correct, but I can't find anything stating one way or the ...
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Why do we refer to car manufacturer as 'Make'?

When I first encountered it years ago, I was pretty sure it must be a mistake. Although I got used to it, it still does not feel right. What is the reason for that? Is it something specific to the ...
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Can “why” be a conjunction?

I was reading an article about the use of "why" as an adverb. I thought about what other function the word can have and came to the reasoning that it can be a conjunction joining clauses. I looked up ...
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“Explain the reason why”

Is it natural to say "he explained the reason why he was late"? I suspect that it doesn't make sense. But I reckon "That is the reason why he's sick" is acceptable with "the reason". Could it be ...
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“Have some reason you” or “Have some reason why you”

Can the "why" be removed from the phrase "have some reason why you?" Example: Do you have some reason you ____? vs. Do you have some reason why you ____? Are these both grammatically correct? ...
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Why Pointillism? [closed]

Why pointillism is not called instead pointism? There is no such word as pointil or pointill in English (or French, where the pointillism comes from), nor -illism is a suffix.
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Reading Comprehension question [closed]

Here is a GRE practice question that I have an issue with. It is given here, Question #7. Passage: French cuisine is highly regarded all over the world. Yet in Paris there are more ...
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“The reason why” v.s. “The reason for why”

Which of the following is to be preferred, and why? The reason for why the grass is wet is that it rained last night. The reason why the grass is wet is that it rained last night.
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Using “because”, “as”, or “since” when explaining the reason or relevance of something in an adverbial clause?

I have several units of information that I want to put into one, or two well-formed sentences: Our product previously only supported Type-X adapters (which are widely used). A few weeks ago the ...
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Is there a single word for “this week” or “this month”, like today and tonight?

If we can use today and tonight for the day and night of the same day of speech, why is there no "toweek" or "tomonth"? Are there any other words which can be used? Is this is something that can be ...
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Is it correct to say 'This behavior is because'

Can we use 'because' in the following sentence: [After discussing the behavior of a technique T] We believe this drop is because T fails to find the right number of classifiers to include in the ...
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A question of gratitude?

In this expression, (why thank you) there seems to be a question with a statement of gratitude. I have heard it all of my life growing up in Texas. I can even remember hearing it in the voice of ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use, Reason why i could vs reason why i am able [closed]

Guys could you tell me are these sentence grammatically correct He is the reason why i could afford this car. He is the reason why i am able to afford this car. Are these sentence grammatically ...
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How do archaic words affect on English native speakers? [closed]

I wonder why I need to know words like thereby, thereunto, wherewithal, hereonafter, thenceforward and others. I understand that I am unable to use them while writing an essay, because these words are ...
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Why is research called research if it is newly searched? [duplicate]

Why does the word "research" sound like one is "re-searching" if it is meant to product original findings? Surely it is just searching? What is the etymology of the word research? Thinking about it, ...
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“No reason why” as a standalone phrase or a sentence

Can you come up with an example, in which "No reason why" would be one separate sentence, perhaps, a short answer in a dialogue. (So, such constructions as "There is no reason why we shouldn't..." ...
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About the phrase “if not for reason” and some other versions

For example let's say we have a statement: X is Y. How does the meaning change when we put "if not for reason" at the end? X is Y, if not for reason. X is Y, if not for other reasons. X is Y,...
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Why do words like mean (in the context of '__ means ___') require an s? [closed]

I am trying to help a friend of mine from Thailand with his English, and before I correct his usage of 'mean' I'd like to be able to explain the why and wherefore of what I am telling him. He often ...
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GRE question - not convinced with the answer

Should we really care for the greatest actors of the past could we have them before us? Should we find them too different from our accent of thought, of feeling, of speech, in a thousand minute ...
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Logic behind “for my __” vs “because of my __”

I wrote a question for others (Elementary ESL students) to answer. I allow different kinds of answers as long as they make sense. The question was "What do you do to apologize?" I was expecting ...
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Why did you do it/you did it/you do it/you keep doing it?

What is the difference between "Why ... /did you do/you did/you do/you keep doing/ ... it?" ? When we question (wondering) other people choice, both past and present, why he keep doing something, ...
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Is 'why' a fused relative word or an interrogative word in “This is why we do it”?

From the movie 'Wanted': We don't know how far the ripples of our decisions go. We kill one, and maybe save a thousand. That's the code of the Fraternity. That's what we believe in, and that's why ...
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Under their appropriate definitions, can one “obtain” what they have “created?”

Having a simple discussion with my coworker, I mentioned that I was celebrating my two year anniversary with my girlfriend. She asked me "What are you going to get her?" to which I replied, "Nothing....
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How come January doesn't have an 'r' in the name like February? [closed]

What is the reason for why February has an 'r' after the 'b' but January doesn't have an 'r' after the 'n'? Like so: Janruary, February. There must be an explanation for this, historical or otherwise.