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    due to / because of

    The recent case of Makiyo was also ________ the new regulation.
    (A) due to (B) because of
    I think option A is correct. Am I right?

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    Re: due to / because of

    Hi
    What a tricky question! It seems either can be correct because after " due to "and "because of " we have noun or noun phrase.

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    Re: due to / because of

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Congratulations! I believe that you are 100% correct.


    Strict teachers insist that there is a difference:

    "Due" is an adjective.

    My absence was due.

    Due to what?

    An illness.

    "Because of" is a preposition

    I was absent.

    Why?

    Because of an illness.

    ***** Here are some more examples that I have made up *****

    He speaks English very well because of his many years in the United States.
    His excellent English-speaking skills are due to his many years in the United States.
    He arrived late because of heavy traffic this morning.
    His late arrival was due to heavy traffic this morning.

    *****

    Many native speakers (and teachers) now accept "due to" as a preposition, so they have no problem using "due to" where you should (according to strict rules) use "because of."


    *****

    Thus: The recent case of Makiyo was due to the new regulation.

    (The recent case of Makiyo occurred because of the new regulation. NOT: The recent case of Makiyo occurred due to the new regulation.)


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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