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    #1

    Because, as, since

    I am wondering if these sentences are correct?

    1. Because the majority of the politicians lack a real contact with reality, they often make decisions which defy common sense.

    Is it possible to use words "as" and "since" instead and write:
    2.As the majority of the politicians lack a real contact with reality, they often...
    or,
    3. Since the majority of the politicians lack a real contact with reality.....

    4. Because it was snowing heavily the guests had decided to postpone their departure.

    Is it possible to use "as" or "since" instead and write:
    5. Since it was snowing heavily the guests had decided...

    Are these three words, because, as and since interchangeable?

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    Re: Because, as, since

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if these sentences are correct?

    1. Because the majority of the politicians lack a real contact with reality, they often make decisions which defy common sense.

    Is it possible to use words "as" and "since" instead and write:
    2.As the majority of the politicians lack a real contact with reality, they often...
    or,
    3. Since the majority of the politicians lack a real contact with reality.....

    4. Because it was snowing heavily the guests had decided to postpone their departure.

    Is it possible to use "as" or "since" instead and write:
    5. Since it was snowing heavily the guests had decided...

    Are these three words, because, as and since interchangeable?
    I would say they are all acceptable.

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    Re: Because, as, since

    There is often no real difference between the three words, and I agree with emsr2d2 that all your sentences are acceptable.

    Clauses with 'as' and 'since' often begin the sentence, and often contain information that is known to the listener:

    Since/As it was snowing heavily, the guests had decided to postpone their departure.

    Clauses with 'because' often introduce new information, and often follow the main clause:

    The guests had decided to postpone their departure, because it was snowing heavily.

    Because-clauses, but not as- and if-clauses can stand alone in answer to a question:

    Why had the guests had decided to postpone their departure?
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    ecause it was snowing heavily.

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