In one of his most well-known novels, “The Notebook,” Nicolas Sparks writes, “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.”
It is truly heartbreaking: heartbreaking to see how atrocious the grammar is.
The reason I read “The Notebook” is because I was drawn to its cover, which has the love of my life on it. The reason I spotted the grammatical error in this sentence is because I was drilled about these errors as a young junior preparing for her SATs. The reason I am writing about this error is because I hear it almost once a day, from my roommates, from my professors or even from my fellow copy editors.
The reason the sentences may sound weird is that, by definition, reason means a cause or an explanation. They may sound odd because when we combine the two phrases “the reason” and “is because,” we create redundancy.
Therefore, if I were to meet the love of my life, I would say, “the reason it hurts so much to separate is that our souls are connected.”
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