Do native speakers also use because/since/as here? Thank you in advance.
TheParser mentions the opinion of the author of A GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (1931):
He points out that you may NOT use "as" or "since" in:
It is morning, for the birds are singing.
Then I found some other sentences but I still am not sure about the usage. I need your further help.
1. RANDOM HOUSE'S DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN USAGE(by the Evans,1957):
Since is also used to introduce a clause showing cause or reason, as in he must have taken it, since it isnít here. This is standard, literary English. The conjunction because always indicates a cause, as in it isnít here because he took it. But since, like the conjunction for, may also be used to indicate a result from which one may deduce the cause, as in the example given.
2. Otto Jespersen's ESSENTIALS OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR: It was freezing as it only freezes in March.
3. Macmillan Dictionary: George was obviously in a bad mood, because he didn't even say good morning.
Well, it looks like there is a comma splice in the sentence.
There isn't - there's a subordinate clause, which needs a subordinating conjunction.
I would say..
It must have rained last night because the street is wet.
Since/As the street is wet it must have rained last night.
Since is American English, and As is British English, so both are OK.
Not true. Both are OK (period)
There may be a preference for one in Am. E, but both are fine in Br. E.
As, since, and because all work both before and after the verb*; for works only after (and can sound a little formal/poetic/old-fashioned). They're interchangeable in some contexts - read lots to get a feel for them.
PS *"X as/since/because Y" = (that is, for each conjunction) "As/since/because Y, X"
PPS 'For' works in a formal context - like a story: 'Don't go in the wood, for bad things happen there'. But in a more everyday context it would look very odd: 'Don't eat at the Peking Duck, for MSG is used there'
Last edited by BobK; 08-Sep-2010 at 14:39.
Reason: Added PSs