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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Default due to / for personal reasons

    I am sorry to inform you that I am unable to attend the conference, due to personal reasons.

    I am sorry to inform you that, for personal reasons, I am unable to attend the conference.

    Which is the correct sentence? To me, it is the second because in the first sentence 'due to' cannot go with 'personal reasons'. It;s like '.., the reason ... is because ... '.

    Am I correct?

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    Default Re: due to / for personal reasons

    The first is wrong simply because you should not use due to unless it follows a conjugation of the verb to be. In that case, substitute because of, or recast to the more cumbersome, "It is due to personal reasons that I cannot ...."

    I always find it easiest to remember a rule (especially a silly rule like the due to one) by finding a common example that is wrong, and remembering that it is wrong: Due to circumstances beyond our control - is wrong.

    Your second choice is fine.
    Last edited by jlinger; 14-Oct-2008 at 04:48.

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