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I have heard a lot of people using "It is because..." to answer a question. It is really confusing to me since before using 'because', we need an independent clause, like: "I did it because..." as this is a complex sentence. So I am wondering whether "It is because..." is correct or not, and if it is, what kind of sentence structure is it?
Thank you so much!
Last edited by Matthew Wai; 07-Nov-2015 at 07:16.
I am not a teacher.
I am not a teacher.
Read the whole page. It says later:
- To answer questions, use it is because, this is because, or because:
- How can it be that an “awesome” God knows me by name and loves me without reservation? It is because He created me.
- So why is Bush taking on the thankless issue of immigration? I believe it is because he sees the consequences for all Americans of our current dysfunctional policy.
In 'if ' and 'when' sentences use it is because:
- If I look confused it is because I am thinking.
- If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
- When consumers complain that prices of CDs are too high it is because they are.
May I make a very respectful suggestion? I think that if you post a complete sentence (not just the first three words), you will help the members to come up with answers.
1. First, I think it is vital that we remember that sometimes "be" is NOT a linking verb. Please look at these sentences:
a. "The exhibition will be in November"; "The opening event is on October 16"; and "That was before the war."
i. The New Oxford American Dictionary (2001) says that with an adverbial, "be" can mean "occur" or "take place."
b. Kindly remember that fact as I offer a few ideas (not "answers").
2. I was wondering whether you were referring to such a sentence as: "It is because he has behaved so badly that he must be punished."
That sentence comes from A.S. Hornby, A Guide to Patterns and Usage in English (first impression 1954), page 241.
That scholar tells us that the idea could also be expressed this way: "As he has behaved badly, he must be punished."
Unfortunately, the scholar does not diagram the first sentence for us.
With your permission, I shall try to do so.
"It" is the formal subject. It means nothing. It is only a substitute word for the subject at the end of the sentence: "that he must be punished."
"is" in my OPINION is NOT a linking verb there. It is a full verb meaning something like "take place."
To better understand the structure, let's forget "it."
We then get "That he must be punished is because he has behaved badly."
In my OPINION. the adverbial ("because he has behaved badly") modifies the verb "is."
In other words, it means something like "That he must be punished will take place because he has behaved badly."
Of course, you would never say/write "That he must be punished is because he has behaved badly." That sentence is used ONLY to explain the basic structure of that sentence.
If you were diagramming that sentence, then, it would be something like:
"It (that he must be punished) + is + because he has acted badly."
a. The noun clause "that he must be punished" is in apposition with "it."
b. The adverbial clause "because he has acted badly" modifies the verb "is" -- in my OPINION.
Last edited by TheParser; 07-Nov-2015 at 11:07.
"It is because he has behaved so badly that he must be punished."
I'd parse it this way:
It - anticipatory subject,
is - a linking verb [is can be compared, here, to the equal mark (=)],
that he must be punished - the postponed, by extraposition, the 'real' subject hence the anticipatory It = that he must be punished,
because he has behaved so badly - an adverbial (an adverbial clause of reason) modifying the subordinate noun clause that he must be punished.
Last edited by tkacka15; 07-Nov-2015 at 17:34.
I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.