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    Connectors of explanation

    Hello, I would like to ask a British teacher the differences among these four words to give explanations: since, because, as, and for.

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    Re: Connectors of explanation

    Can I ask why you prefer a British teacher to respond? The grammar is the same in England or in North America or Australia any English speaking country. I am Canadian and I always wonder what motivates peoples preferences between British, aussie, American etc. Thanks for explaining.

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    Re: Connectors of explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello, I would like to ask a British teacher the differences among these four words to give explanations: since, because, as, and for.
    Since, Because and As are nearly synonymous:

    Since we are late, we might as well walk. [Inasmuch as...]
    Because we are late, we might as well walk. [due to the fact that...]
    As we are late, we might as well walk. [can be used in place of either Since or Because]

    For

    I am all the better for having been on holiday [the reason being...]
    They do not eat meat for health reasons [the reason being...]


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    Quote Originally Posted by English-coach View Post
    Can I ask why you prefer a British teacher to respond? The grammar is the same in England or in North America or Australia any English speaking country. I am Canadian and I always wonder what motivates peoples preferences between British, aussie, American etc. Thanks for explaining.

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    That is the poster's choice. Some ask for Americans to answer their questions. A few ask for Australians, New Zealanders or Canadians.

    We cater for all tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English-coach View Post
    The grammar is the same in England or in North America or Australia any English speaking country.
    Not always- there are many [usually small] differences in grammar as well as lexical choices.

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    We cater for all tastes.
    Shouldn't it be 'we cater to all taste'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Since, Because and As are nearly synonymous:

    Since we are late, we might as well walk. [Inasmuch as...]
    Because we are late, we might as well walk. [due to the fact that...]
    As we are late, we might as well walk. [can be used in place of either Since or Because]

    For

    I am all the better for having been on holiday [the reason being...]
    They do not eat meat for health reasons [the reason being...]
    Had the poster asked for an American to respond he could have gotten the same answer. (While there are some differences between AE and BE, there are, of course, many similitaries.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Shouldn't it be 'we cater to all taste'?
    No - the collocation is "we cater for something."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Shouldn't it be 'we cater to all tastes'?
    In AE it is.


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    Re: Connectors of explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Shouldn't it be 'we cater to all taste'?
    (not a teacher) This is an example of different usages in different variants of English. In NZ English, we would most likely say "for all tastes", but "to all tastes" would be heard or read almost as often.

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