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Avoiding Wordy “due to the fact” and “reason why” | Practice

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Based on what you have learned in this lesson, edit each of the sentences below to make it less wordy or less stilted. Multiple answers are possible.

When you are finished, click “Answer.”

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1. The reason why the crowd got angry was because the concert was over an hour late.

Your sentence:

The crowd got angry because the concert was over an hour late.

2. The reason why I earned a degree in nursing was because I like helping people.

Your sentence:

I earned a degree in nursing because I like helping people.

3. Due to the fact that it rained torrentially for a week, the river overflowed its banks.

Your sentence:

Due to torrential rain for a week, the river overflowed its banks.

Because it rained torrentially for a week, the river overflowed its banks.

4. What is the reason why we should vote in every election?

Your sentence:

Why should we vote in every election?

5. All flights have been canceled due to the fact that there is a blizzard.

Your sentence:

All flights have been canceled due to the blizzard.

All flights have been canceled because of the blizzard.

6. One of the reasons why people vacation in Hawaii is the warm weather.

Your sentence:

One of the reasons people vacation in Hawaii is the warm weather.

7. The reason why many students failed the exam was because they had not taken good study notes during the semester.

Your sentence:

Many students failed the exam because they had not taken good study notes during the semester.

8. The researchers do not fully understand the reason why their experiment failed.

Your sentence:

The researchers do not fully understand why their experiment failed.

9. The patients had to check their blood sugar levels regularly due to the fact that they were diabetic.

Your sentence:

The patients had to check their blood suggar levels regularly because they were diabetic.

10. The reason why you must take notes in college is because you will be tested on what you learn in lectures.

Your sentence:

You must take notes in college because you will be tested on what you learn in lectures.

11. The reason why they went to the hospital was to visit an ailing friend.

They went to the hospital to visit an ailing friend.

12. The reason why many college students still live with their parents is because they need to save money.

Many college students still live with their parents is because they need to save money.

Many college students still live with their parents so that they can save money.

Many college students still live with their parents to save money.

13. The reason why many Americans move away from their hometowns is because of better job opportunities.

Many Americans move away from their hometowns because of better job opportunities.

Many Americans move away from their hometowns for better job opportunities.

14. The reason many employees had to stay home was because there was a contagious outbreak.

Many employees had to stay home because of a contagious outbreak.

Many employees had to stay home due to a contagious outbreak.

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