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    Hi,

    Because I had too much to do is the reason my paper is late.

    The reason I left is because I was tired.

    Are these constructions grammatically incorrect, if yes, then why?

    Thanks
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    Re: Usage of Becuase

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Because I had too much to do is the reason my paper is late.

    The reason I left is because I was tired.

    Are these constructions grammatically incorrect, if yes, then why?

    Thanks
    Hello,

    I am a learner (no a teacher), but I am sure you can use a conjunction at the beginning of one sentence, maybe it's better to place it in the middle to coordain the both phrase.

    Have a nice day.


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    Re: Usage of Becuase

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Because I had too much to do is the reason my paper is late.

    The reason I left is because I was tired.

    Are these constructions grammatically incorrect, if yes, then why?

    Thanks
    They're grammatically correct, but using "reason" and "because" in the same sentence in this manner is redundant.

    I would go with one of these. I'd leave out "reason" in the second sentence. It's better simply using because.

    Because I had too much to do, my paper was late.

    The reason that my paper is later is that I had too much to do.

    I left because I was tired.

    As for using "because" at the beginning, there's nothing at all wrong with that. The idea that there could be something wrong with it comes from an old schoolmarm prohibition on doing so because the schoolmarms, a subset of the language mavens, were deathly afraid that their sixth graders would write a sentence beginning with "because" and only use the "because" clause, which is a dependent clause and needs to be connected to an independent clause in order to form a complete and grammatically correct sentence in writing. They put a ban on beginning a sentence with "because" because they didn't know how to properly explain that using a dependent clause without connecting it to an independent clause is okay for spoken language but not in writing, unless you use quotations to indicate that it's part of a dialog.

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    Re: Usage of Becuase

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    They're grammatically correct, but using "reason" and "because" in the same sentence in this manner is redundant.

    I would go with one of these. I'd leave out "reason" in the second sentence. It's better simply using because.

    Because I had too much to do, my paper was late.

    The reason that my paper is later is that I had too much to do.

    I left because I was tired.

    As for using "because" at the beginning, there's nothing at all wrong with that. The idea that there could be something wrong with it comes from an old schoolmarm prohibition on doing so because the schoolmarms, a subset of the language mavens, were deathly afraid that their sixth graders would write a sentence beginning with "because" and only use the "because" clause, which is a dependent clause and needs to be connected to an independent clause in order to form a complete and grammatically correct sentence in writing. They put a ban on beginning a sentence with "because" because they didn't know how to properly explain that using a dependent clause without connecting it to an independent clause is okay for spoken language but not in writing, unless you use quotations to indicate that it's part of a dialog.
    I was told that both the sentences are incorrect as, "Because is not used to introduce a noun clause".

    The correct sentences would be...

    My paper is late because I had too much to do (Because introduces an adverb clause)
    I left because I was tired.

    is it correct whatever has been told about introducing the clause?


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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    I was told that both the sentences are incorrect as, "Because is not used to introduce a noun clause".

    The correct sentences would be...

    My paper is late because I had too much to do (Because introduces an adverb clause)
    I left because I was tired.

    is it correct whatever has been told about introducing the clause?
    It's correct and okay to begin a clause with "because". A clause beginning with "because" is an adverb clause because it answers the question "why". There's no way it can be a noun clause, at least not that I can think of now.

    Who is inventing these "rules"?


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    Re: Usage of Becuase

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    It's correct and okay to begin a clause with "because". A clause beginning with "because" is an adverb clause because it answers the question "why". There's no way it can be a noun clause, at least not that I can think of now.

    Who is inventing these "rules"?

    LOL.. the so called Voice and Accent Trainers working in Indian BPOs
    The above stated rule was mentioned in a Voice and Accent Training Manual, from one of the Best BPOs in India.

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