15 years later, I am finally doing what I always dreamed of... Editing! A friend has written a book and is kindly (and oh-so-patiently) waiting for me to finish reading it and making suggestions for revisions. I'm about half way through.
(And there was much rejoicing. Yaaaaay.)
So, I've been looking up a lot of these questions. Online. [Gasp] There are a few websites that seem to be quite accurate and thorough in their grammatical explanations. Occasionally though, I just can't find an answer on one of those sites. So I go exploring.
Today, while looking for rules on the proper use of "half" vs "half of," I read a comment from someone who seemed quite knowledgeable. Except that one of his sentences began with "The reason is because..."
I remember learning early on that I should never say "The reason is because..." The reason for this is that the proper way to say it is "The reason is that..." See what I did there?
(I'm slyly winking at how clever I am. Can't see me? Hmm... I'll work on my sly winking for future editions of "So I Think I'm an Editor.")
All that to say, I found the blunder of this grammar genius amusing. And I'm back to digging up an answer to "half" vs "half of." The reason is that I just can't trust this The-Reason-is-Because Guy to lead me down the right path.