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    #1

    causes "of" vs. causes "for"

    Which is correct:

    "There are several causes of this problem" vs "There are several causes for this problem"

    It seems like the latter. However, "causes of" something is also used - but maybe not with "there are". Why is this so?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: causes "of" vs. causes "for"

    I prefer:

    There are several causes of this problem.

    (I get paid more for "why" questions. )

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    Re: causes "of" vs. causes "for"

    Have you considered 'There are several reasons for this problem'?

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