Student or Learner
I have a question on the following sentence.
"Case was referred due to derogatory information."
Is "due to" a correct usage?
(1) Teacher Rover has given you an excellent answer. That is
how 99% (?) of native speakers would speak and write.
(2) BUT there a few super strict teachers who say that
your sentence should read:
The case was referred because of derogatory information.
(a) Those super strict teachers (maybe there are two
or three left in the world) say that due is an adjective.
Therefore, your sentence should read something like:
The referral of the case (subject) + was (linking verb) +
due (adjective) + to derogatory information (prepositional
phrase that modifies "due").
(3) As I said, "everyone" in 2011 uses "due to" as a preposition,
so do not worry. But if you ever have a super strict teacher ...
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I do not feel qualified to answer your question.
(2) Hopefully, a teacher will do so.
(3) I can, however, tell you what A Dictionary of Modern American
Usage (by Mr. Bryan A. Garner) says. I hear that many people
consider it as a reliable guide.
"Despite the traditional view that the adjective use is best, ... [due
to] is commonly used as a preposition or conjunctive adverb for
because of, owing to, caused by, or on grounds of.