October 31, 2004
Halloween Grammar Lesson
Do not use this opening for any sentence: "The reason is because..."
Why? The reason is that it is a faulty construction. See "that" in my previous sentence? It begins a noun clause, one of two choices for what can follow "The reason is..." The other is an adjective, like "weak" or "logical."
So, you can say "The reason is that we were running late" or "The reason is plausible." You can even say "The reason is we were running late" because "that" is understood.
"Because" joins parts of a sentence that can stand as sentences themselves, like "She left him because he cheated on her." Notice the italicized parts could be complete sentences. You can't say just "The reason is" and have it be more than a fragment; therefore, you can't join it to other sentence parts with "because."
People like me are labeled "grammar nazis" on the web, but nobody tells you these things once you're out of school, so I thought I'd throw it out there.
Someone whose says "goo" and "pffft" to all that grammar stuff has new picsPosted by tat at October 31, 2004 08:43 PM