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    Dear teachers,
    Could you lease explain the following choices?
    ________ your stupidity we lost the game.
    a. because of b. Due to c. Owing to
    The key is 'd'--- Thanks to.
    I am afraid 'a', 'b' and 'c' are confusing.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    Could you lease explain the following choices?
    ________ your stupidity we lost the game.
    a. because of b. Due to c. Owing to
    The key is 'd'--- Thanks to.
    I am afraid 'a', 'b' and 'c' are confusing.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I am not a teacher.
    "because of" - yes
    "due to" - yes
    "owing to" - no

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    jiang is offline Key Member
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    Thank you for your help. But the key is 'd'. That means the others are wrong. What should I do?

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    Could you lease explain the following choices?
    ________ your stupidity we lost the game.
    a. because of b. Due to c. Owing to
    The key is 'd'--- Thanks to.
    I am afraid 'a', 'b' and 'c' are confusing.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I am not a teacher.
    "because of" - yes
    "due to" - yes
    "owing to" - no

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    "thanks to" makes the tone of the sentence more sarcastic...
    a and b are grammartically correct, though.

    that's my feeling. I am not a teach either

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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    Could you lease explain the following choices?
    ________ your stupidity we lost the game.
    a. because of b. Due to c. Owing to
    The key is 'd'--- Thanks to.
    I am afraid 'a', 'b' and 'c' are confusing.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    According to Michael Swan,

    due to and owing to both mean 'because of'. Phrases beginning due/owing to are often seperated from the rest of their sentence by a comma.

    Due/Owing to the bad weather(,) the match was cancelled.
    (a) is wrong, you should capitalize b.
    otherwise (a) (b) (c) are alright with me.

    and (d) carries ironic tone.

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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    Could you lease explain the following choices?
    ________ your stupidity we lost the game.
    a. because of b. Due to c. Owing to
    The key is 'd'--- Thanks to.
    I am afraid 'a', 'b' and 'c' are confusing.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    According to Michael Swan,

    due to and owing to both mean 'because of'. Phrases beginning due/owing to are often seperated from the rest of their sentence by a comma.

    Due/Owing to the bad weather(,) the match was cancelled.
    (a) is wrong, you should capitalize b.
    otherwise (a) (b) (c) are alright with me.

    and (d) carries ironic tone.
    I agree with you. All four answers are possible. (d) expresses irony, as you said. :D :wink:

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    Susie, as you are an American, let me ask one thing.

    I've heard that today "owing to" is not so much used in American English. Is it correct or not?

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    :)
    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    "thanks to" makes the tone of the sentence more sarcastic...
    a and b are grammartically correct, though.

    that's my feeling. I am not a teach either

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    :)
    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    Could you lease explain the following choices?
    ________ your stupidity we lost the game.
    a. because of b. Due to c. Owing to
    The key is 'd'--- Thanks to.
    I am afraid 'a', 'b' and 'c' are confusing.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    According to Michael Swan,

    due to and owing to both mean 'because of'. Phrases beginning due/owing to are often seperated from the rest of their sentence by a comma.

    Due/Owing to the bad weather(,) the match was cancelled.
    (a) is wrong, you should capitalize b.
    otherwise (a) (b) (c) are alright with me.

    and (d) carries ironic tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    :)
    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    I'm glad to have been some of help.

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