reasons/facts to inspire us

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bennyfriendly

Senior Member
korean
I have made up an example below.

(1) Mary said to me, "I've heard that John will be leaving your company soon."

I replied, "Yes. We're sad to hear that. He's very friendly and generous. Very often, he buys us lunch. He always tells us a lot of jokes to reduce our stress during our busy work days. He's always the one who celebrates others' birthdays. These are the reasons to inspire us to buy him a gift."

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think "reasons" is the wrong word. Their suggested word is given below.

(2) ... There are the facts to inspire us to buy him a gift.

Which word is correct: reasons or facts? Thank you very much for your time and feedback.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Reasons makes much more sense. But that sentence is not at all idiomatic. In fact, it all reads extremely formally, and very differently from what a native English-speaker would say.
     

    bennyfriendly

    Senior Member
    korean
    Thank you, lingobingo. I think a simpler way to say that is:

    (3) This is why we are buying him a gift.

    May I ask a question related to the issue with the word, reasons?

    In formal writing, I am not sure which word fits better when it is used with "reasons". This is given below.

    (4a) These are the reasons to inspire us to buy him a gift.

    (4b) These are the reasons that inspire us to buy him a gift.

    Is "that" more appropriate than "to"? Thanks again.
     
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