Monday, 12 September 2011

The reason is ....


我在替學生批改文章的時候,常常發現他們會把「原因是」寫成 "the reason is because"。

"The reason is" 已可以帶出「原因是」的意思,再寫 "because" 就會變成 redundant(多餘的)。

所以上文的句子,你可以寫成: 

The reason was he wasn't feeling well. 

或者: 

It was because he wasn't feeling well. 

但不要寫: 

The reason was because he wasn't feeling well.  (bad!)

與其說: 

The reason he ran away is because he was embarrassed. 

倒不如說: 

He ran away because he was embarrassed. 

或: 

The reason he ran away is that he was embarrassed.

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