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    'Due to' and 'owing to'

    I frequently see 'due to' written, when I feel it should be 'owing to' . Could someone please explain the difference between the two statements and illustrate the context in which each should be used?


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    Re: 'Due to' and 'owing to'

    I think they both mean the same (i.e. as a result or consequence of something).So, I couldn't attend the party due to my severe illness. or I couldn't attend the party owing to my severe illness. would both work.

    Hope that helps.


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    #3

    Re: 'Due to' and 'owing to'

    As I konw, due to==because of==owing to.

    I will be happy if someone could give a deeper explanation


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    #4

    Re: 'Due to' and 'owing to'

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffsx View Post
    I frequently see 'due to' written, when I feel it should be 'owing to' . Could someone please explain the difference between the two statements and illustrate the context in which each should be used?
    As far as my memory goes, owing to should appear at the beginning of a sentence:

    Owing to the traffic jam, I was late.

    I was late due to the traffic jam.

    On the other hand, due to often comes up in the midst of a sentence. I'm not so sure; we need more members to clear it up.

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    Re: 'Due to' and 'owing to'

    Traditionally people say that 'due to'should be used an an adjective not a preposition. However, for most people, there's littleif any difference. You can get a full discussion here: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...due-owing.html

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