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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
    I agree with most of what has been said. All four answers are acceptable to me. There have been historical objections to "due to" being used as a preposition, but I think most of that has died down. That does not explain the problem that the answer key has with the others, however.

    due to
    prep.
    Because of.

    USAGE NOTE Due to has been widely used for many years as a compound preposition like owing to, but some critics have insisted that due should be used only as an adjective. According to this view, it is incorrect to say The concert was canceled due to the rain, but acceptable to say The cancellation of the concert was due to the rain, where due continues to function as an adjective modifying cancellation. This seems a fine point, however, and since due to is widely used and understood, there seems little reason to avoid using it as a preposition.


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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Dear Mike,
    Glad to hear from you again!
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    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 agree with most of what has been said. All four answers are acceptable to me. There have been historical objections to "due to" being used as a preposition, but I think most of that has died down. That does not explain the problem that the answer key has with the others, however.

    due to
    prep.
    Because of.

    USAGE NOTE Due to has been widely used for many years as a compound preposition like owing to, but some critics have insisted that due should be used only as an adjective. According to this view, it is incorrect to say The concert was canceled due to the rain, but acceptable to say The cancellation of the concert was due to the rain, where due continues to function as an adjective modifying cancellation. This seems a fine point, however, and since due to is widely used and understood, there seems little reason to avoid using it as a preposition.


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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Mike, as you are an American too, could you give me your answer on this one?:

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    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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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    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?
    Do you mean in written or spoken English? I'd say that "owing to" is used mostly in formal written English. "Because of" and "thanks to" are more commonly heard in everyday spoken language.

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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    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?
    Do you mean in written or spoken English? I'd say that "owing to" is used mostly in formal written English. "Because of" and "thanks to" are more commonly heard in everyday spoken language.
    So, if I say "Owing to the good weather, we were able to go on a hike", it sounds weird to you Americans. Right?

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    It sounds a bit weird to my British ears.

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    I believe the challenge of this problem is to ask you to select the BEST answer, which, obviously everybody agrees, is (d), rather than pick the correct answer.

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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Mike, as you are an American too, could you give me your answer on this one?:

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    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?
    I would agree with that statement. I do not run across "owing to" very often in AE. :wink:

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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    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?
    Do you mean in written or spoken English? I'd say that "owing to" is used mostly in formal written English. "Because of" and "thanks to" are more commonly heard in everyday spoken language.
    So, if I say "Owing to the good weather, we were able to go on a hike", it sounds weird to you Americans. Right?
    That's right.

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    Default Re: because of; owing to and due to

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    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?
    Do you mean in written or spoken English? I'd say that "owing to" is used mostly in formal written English. "Because of" and "thanks to" are more commonly heard in everyday spoken language.
    So, if I say "Owing to the good weather, we were able to go on a hike", it sounds weird to you Americans. Right?
    Yes it does sound weird to me. :wink:

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