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    because and because of

    Dear all
    I want to know how to use "because" & "because of"

    thanks
    Intherage


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    Thumbs up Re: because and because of

    to make it easy to understand, I will explain:

    because of + noun/noun phrase
    because + subject + verb

    Here is examples:
    I did not go out yesterday because of the rain.
    I did not go out yesterday because it rained.
    Or

    I did not go out yesterday because of the heavy rain.
    I did not go out yesterday because it rained heavily.



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    Re: because and because of

    Hi intherage,

    "Because" and "because of" are both used to introduce reasons.

    "Because" is a conjunction and is followed by a subject and verb.

    conjunction = a word such as "and", "but", "nor", "while" or "although", that connects words, phrases and clauses in a sentence. In the sentence "I like coffee, but I don't like tea." "but" is a conjunction.

    "Because of" is a preposition and is followed by a noun phrase or verb-ing.

    preposition = a word which is used before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase to connect it to another word. In the sentences "She sat on the chair." and "He walked along the street" "on" and "along" are preposition.

    Examples:

    "I couldn't go out because I had a cold."

    Did you see the subject and verb after because? She said "I had a cold."

    "I couldn't go out because of my cold."

    Did you catch the noun phrase? - "my cold"

    You could also use a gerund - that's a verb plus "ing" after because of .

    "I couldn't go out because of having a cold."

    A verb with "ing" often functions as a noun so you use it after "because of."

    Regards.

    V.

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