reason why, like reason...

reason why, like reason...
 is because (see above), is generally redundant. Consider two examples: "Grover said her contract had been terminated, but no one at the company would tell her the reason why"; "His book argues that the main reason why innercity blacks are in such a sorry state is not because whites are prejudiced but that low-skilled jobs near their homes are disappearing." An improvement can nearly always be effected by removing one word or the other - e.g., "the reason" from the first example, "why" from the second.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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