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    be + because of

    Hi,

    I would like to ask if 'because' is used after 'be' just like 'due to':

    - His absence is because of illness.

    Is it wrong? If so, I cannot understand why.

    Thanks.

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    Re: be + because of

    No, it's not wrong.

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    Re: be + because of

    Sorry, ademoglu. I might have to take back what I said above.

    I've found this:

    "[...] In informal speech, we probably can get by with such improper usage as 'His defeat was because of the lottery issue,' and 'He was defeated due to the lottery issue.' But we shouldn't accept that kind of sloppiness in writing. [...]"
    https://web.ku.edu/~edit/because.html

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    #4

    Re: be + because of

    NOT A TEACHER




    Hello, Ademoglu:

    Here in the United States, I have noticed that people use either.

    But if you are interested in "book English," then you should remember that the word "due" is an adjective. Therefore, the "rule" requires you to say something like: "My absence was due to illness." ("to illness" is a prepositional phrase that modifies the adjective "due.")

    "Because of" is a phrasal preposition. So one should say something like: "I was absent because of illness." ("because of illness" is a prepositional phrase. (I do not have the confidence to tell you what it modifies. Maybe a teacher will tell us.) Nowadays, many Americans would say "I was absent due to illness" because they consider "due to" to be a phrasal preposition. I have noticed that many tests now accept either as "correct."

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    Re: be + because of

    https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/due-to
    Longman has marked "due to" as a preposition and provides the following example:
    She has been absent from work due to illness.
    I am not a teacher.

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