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    Which one is correct?

    Which one is correct?
    1/He was absent because of raining.
    2/He was absent because of rain.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    [QUOTE=diplomacy;895383]Which one is correct?
    1/He was absent because of raining.
    2/He was absent because of rain.[/QUOTE

    both sentences are grammatically correct
    because of is followed by a noun phrase so rain and raining are both nouns

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    b Both sentences are grammatically correct
    because 'of' is followed by a noun phrase, so 'rain' and 'raining' are both nouns.
    The first sentence is not correct. 'Raining' is not a noun.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    I'd say "[...] because of the rain."
    Without the article it seems there's something missing
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    I'd say "[...] because of the rain."
    Without the article it seems there's something missing
    It can be used without the article. We regularly omit the article when it follows "due to", instead of "because of".

    He was absent because of rain.
    He was absent because of the rain.
    He was absent due to the rain.
    He was absent due to rain.
    He was absent because it was raining.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    I'd say "[...] because of the rain."
    Without the article it seems there's something missing
    Given a choice between use with or without the article, I would use the article also, but I agree with emsr2d2's other possibilities as well.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Some phrases work better with no article. For example, if bad weather causes the cancellation of an event, then I would expect to see on a sign "Match cancelled due to rain", "Garden party cancelled due to bad weather". However, that construction is quite reminiscent of newspaper headlines where various words can be omitted due to limited space (note, not "due to the limited space"!)
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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