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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (January 3, 2010)

All "Becauses" Have a Reason

Have you ever written “the reason is because” or its variation “it is because”? If your answer is yes, you can cut words for redundancy. To be redundant is to use more words (and mainly repeated words of similar meanings) in your expression.

The expression “the reason is because” has entered the language as a piece, thus the temptation to use it. Beware using “stock” or commonplace phrases in your writing. More often than not they represent bad usage.

Since “because” is a reason, there is no need to identify it as such.

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