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    Question Does this sentence sound correct?

    Alejandro played football because Maria went shopping

    Is the usage of (because) correct here? I mean cause-effect relationship


    Is there a difference between:

    1- Alejandro played football because Maria went shopping
    2- Alejandro played football, for Maria went shopping

    Thanks in advance


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    Re: Does this sentence sound correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Alejandro played football because Maria went shopping

    Is the usage of (because) correct here? I mean cause-effect relationship


    Is there a difference between:

    1- Alejandro played football because Maria went shopping
    2- Alejandro played football, for Maria went shopping

    Thanks in advance
    Yes, the usage of "because" is correct, though it may seem odd to some people as an isolated sentence without context. It is correct, however. Alejandro always plays football when Maria goes out. So that's why he played football. All the guys at the park were waiting for him.

    And, yes, the cause-effect relationship is correct. Maria can cause Alex to play football when she leaves to go shopping. If Maria stays home, then Alex stays home too. You know? That's just it goes with them.

    How's this? Alex went home because he that Maria tried to call him (cell-phone). A phone call from Maria can cause Alex to go home.

    No, there's no difference between sentences one and two. But I'll tell you it's really strange how in grammar books they show you that you can use "for" to mean "because" and then just leave it at that.

    Using "for" to mean "because" sounds very, I guess I would say, literary or poetic in a way. Don't use "for" to mean "because" in ordinary sentences such as your example sentence. It's correct, but it's strange - maybe even outlandish.
    Last edited by PROESL; 09-Sep-2009 at 05:50.

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