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The Reason Why Is Because … | Mastering Grammar

(Last Updated: 25 January 2023)

It is not advisable to follow reason with why or because—that is saying the same thing three times. Drop why, and use that instead of because:

The reason why these watches are so expensive is because they are made by hand.
The reason these watches are so expensive is that they are made by hand.

The reason why many people dislike Carrie is because she is egotistic.
The reason many people dislike Carrie is that she is egotistic.

The reason why I am late is because I missed the bus.
The reason I am late is that I missed the bus.

One of the main reasons why the actress looks so good is because she has her own personal stylist.
One of the main reasons the actress looks so good is that she has her own personal stylist.

Alternatively, use because and drop the reason why:

These watches are expensive because they are made by hand.

Many people dislike Carrie because she is egotistic.

I am late because I missed the bus.

The actress looks so good mainly because she has her own personal stylist.

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