I want to say that my uncle was the reason .... but I am confused.

"My uncle was the most reason why I am choosing Medicine as my future career."

or it is right ?

  • most important reason – deadrat Feb 10 '17 at 9:10
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    "Reason" can't be quantified. Say "the main reason" or, as Deadrat suggests, "most important". – Kate Bunting Feb 10 '17 at 9:19
  • As collocations go, I'll advise you to phrase it as "My uncle was the biggest reason..." – Tushar Raj Feb 10 '17 at 10:02

The word most is the superlative form of much and more. It is used to express the greatest quantity, size, number, degree or any measurable property of a noun. For example, we can say 'the most important reason'. Here, 'most' communicated that the importance of this particular reason is the greatest (in degree/extent). So, most adds weight to the importance, not the reason itself. As another example, in 'The cheetahs are the most successful in chasing prey', most communicated the highest degree of success.

In your usage, you would do well to use

most important reason

or one of the following choices which convey the same meaning.

My uncle was one of the biggest reasons why I am choosing Medicine as my future career.

My uncle greatly influenced my decision to choose Medicine as my future career.

[Note: A lot depends on the context you are using these phrases]

  • The answer would be greatly improved by adding why "most reason" would be wrong, rather than relying on a bald assertion. – Andrew Leach Feb 10 '17 at 9:30
  • @AndrewLeach thanks for the suggestion! Implemented it. – satnam Feb 10 '17 at 9:47

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