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cause vs reason

Post by ALDAHMASHY » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:59 am

Hello all,
would you please explain to me the different meanings of cause and reason. Because some times i found them used as synonyms ,and also have different meanings.

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Re: cause vs reason

Post by DFJames » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:47 pm

Hi Aldahmashy:

The word 'cause' identifies what makes something happen, as in cause and effect.
e.g. "What was the cause of the accident?
Answer: "The driver went through a red light."

The word 'reason' answers the question WHY?
e.g. "Why did the accident happen?"
Answer: "Because (the reason was) the driver went through a red light.

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