Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Because and Reason: Two Estranged Brothers

The reason our economy is doing poorly is because people spend more money than they earn. 

How many times have you come across similarly structured sentences? Did something seem off when you read it? Well, there is a reason for this. :)
Even though some people use reason and because together, it should be noted that these two words are in fact synonyms. 
Because can be interchanged with for the reason that. Using both words to explain something makes it sound redundant. 
Going back to our first sentence, the best way to write it would be:

Our economy is doing poorly for the reason that people spend more money than they earn. 
                                                                           or
The reason our economy is doing poorly is that people spend more money than they earn. 
You could also write it this way:
Our economy is doing poorly because people spend more money than they earn.