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Hi, everyone on the GE.

I think that asking the question "So why was he punished?" would be the most correct way of eliciting the reason for someone's punishment. Would (1) and (2) below be good alternatives to this question? Are they correctly worded?

(1)   So what was the reason for his punishment?

(2)   So what was the reason that he was punished?

Thanks for your help.

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They do presuppose, however, unlike "Why was he punished?," that he was punished for only one reason.

Hello, David.

Thanks for the reply and for pointing out to me that my alternative sentences (1) & (2) would mean that only one (form of) punishment was meted out to this poor fella. I would never have thought of that.

You have an uncanny ability to see these things in sentences, David.

Thanks a lot for your help.

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