I have a question as to the usage of the word 'because'.
I teach my students that, in writing assignments, they can't separate the dependent clause introduced by 'because' from the main/independent clause, for instance:
1. I like summer. Because I can enjoy swimming in the sea. [wrong]
2. I like summer because I can enjoy swimming in the sea. [correct]
3. I like summer. This/It/That is because I can enjoy swimming in the sea. [It might not be natural, (#2 is the best) but it's correct.]
And I know the dialogue below is correct (It's an exceptional case in which the dependent clause can stand alone):
4. John: Why do you like summer?
Student A: Because I can enjoy swimming in the sea.
The problem is that one of my students used the construction shown in #3, and that her native English teacher (named 'Richard') at school corrected it to the one shown in #1. I have a strong objection to the correction.
Am I wrong?
The construction shown in #1 is something that early writers make and should be corrected by the time they are in third grade (8 or 9 years old or so). For a teacher to "correct" the already-correct (though not as good style-wise as #2) #3 to the incorrect #1 is upsetting and should be objected to.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Feb-2014 at 15:14.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.