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John, in fact I was so sure because this is what the British Council makes us teach to our students. I'm a Spanish teacher of English and I trust the grammar in books, which is probably wrong or incomplete, sometimes, as your examples show.
I take note, though, of the possibility of leaving it out. Thanks.

Lourdes April 30, 2008, 4:40am

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Well, it's not redundant, it is a relative clause, and you need to use WHY after REASON to fill grammatically the subordinate clause. You cannot omit it. WHY is acting here as a pronoun, replacing the REASON, and that's why it may sound redundant, but it is not more redundant than other relative clauses with other pronouns, as: 'This is the man who saw the whole thing happen'.
'The man who' is as redundant as 'the reason why' or 'the place where', don't you think so?

Lourdes April 29, 2008, 3:45pm

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