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is that grammar correct "What was the true reason that broke their friendship'?

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  • is that grammar correct "What was the true reason that broke their friendship'?


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Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 17:47
"What was the true reason that their friendship ended?" sounds better.
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Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 18:43
It would make more sense to say what truly broke up their friendship? What truly caused them to end their friendship? What truly contributed to the end of their friendship?
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Answer #3 | 25/12 2013 05:30
no, that sentence doesn't work, although the reason that it doesn't work isn't so much faulty grammar as faulty semantics. the wrong word for what you need, basically. Reason does not do any breaking, and the way your sentence is structured, that is precisely what you say "that (=the reason) broke their friendship". You may say the reason for the breaking of their friendship, yes. what happened that broke their friendship? what broke their friendship. what was the reason that the friendship broke up? the friendship is what broke. something might have done the breaking of the friendship, but it wasn't "a reason" that broke it.
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Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 18:03
Sean is right with his suggestion, or you could also say, "What was their true reason for breaking their friendship."
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