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    Owing & due

    Can I say this in English?
    Owing/Due to the lack of raw materials production has come to a halt/standstill/stop.

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    Re: Owing & due

    You can, but put a comma after "materials" in that sentence.

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    Re: Owing & due

    Let's alter my sentence a bit and change "Owing/Due to" to "On account/Because of".

    So now we have the following sentences below. Do they also work in English?

    On account of the lack of raw materials production has come to a halt/standstill/stop.

    Because of the lack of raw materials production has come to a halt/standstill/stop.

    Because the lack of raw materials production has come to a halt/standstill/stop.

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    Re: Owing & due

    'The lack of raw materials' is a noun phrase, so you can't omit 'of' before it.
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    Re: Owing & due

    The OP might also want to use this one: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/by+virtue+of
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    Re: Owing & due

    By virtue of would not be appropriate there.
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    Re: Owing & due

    1. By virtue of the lack of raw materials, production has come to a halt.
    2. By virtue of the supply of raw materials, production has started.

    Is that correct?
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    Re: Owing & due

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    2. By virtue of the supply of raw materials, production has started.
    Is that correct?
    Hmm. Even "the supply" (neutral) doesn't really warrant "By virtue of". You need something more specifically positive.

    By virtue of a good supply of raw materials, production has started.
    By virtue of the raw materials finally having arrived, production has started, albeit six weeks late.

    The phrase still sounds unnecessarily formal to me. "Thanks to" would be more likely.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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