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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Cause/reason    



Hi everyone,
Can someone please tell me the difference between the words �cause � and �reason �
Thank you.

12 Nov 2010      

United States

Hi, brahmam,
The two words can sometimes be used interchangeably, but not always. "Cause" is a little more technical/physical.
The cause of the flood was very heavy rains in the Spring.
The reason for the flood was very heavy rains in the Spring.  - Here their meanings are essentially the same.
"Reason" is usually more mental than physical, though.
The reason I called you is that I need to borrow some money. (You can �t use "cause" here)
I hope these examples help you a little.

12 Nov 2010     

United States

cause- what made it happen
reason- why it happened

12 Nov 2010