a reason to believe

  • Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    "A reason to believe" is not in the sentence. This is a headline, and as such, it is an attempt to explain in very few words what the whole story is about. This story appears to be about why people believe in God.
     

    csicska

    Senior Member
    hungarian
    Thank you Sparky Malarky. And is it used in English often? And when would you use it if you wanted to use it in sentence?
     

    Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    I don't think this is a common expression. I've never heard it in a sentence, unless something like "I have no reason to believe the shipment will be here today" or "I have every reason to believe he is telling the truth." However, it's been used in at least two songs. One says:

    If I listened long enough to you
    I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
    Knowing how you lied straight-faced while I cried
    Still I'd look to find a reason to believe

    This is from Reason to Believe, performed by Rod Stewart and other artists. Bruce Springsteen has a different song with the same title. There may be more.
     

    soj

    Member
    english
    How would you translate: you give me a Reason to believe" into Spanish. In this case Im referring to the Rod Stewart song. Thank you very much,
     

    Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    How would you translate: you give me a Reason to believe" into Spanish. In this case Im referring to the Rod Stewart song. Thank you very much,
    You'll need to ask that question in one of the Spanish-English forums, soj. We don't do translations in this forum.
     
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