Good evening from the Philippines. Some English professors consider this phrase wrong: Due to circumstances beyond our control...
If so, may I please know the reason why it is wrong? And how should it be rephrased to make it correct?
Many, many thanks again!
I think it is not so much that the phrase is wrong as being redundant in most cases - a kind of convenient 'escape phrase' to explain away something which has failed.
not a teacher
A: Due to circumstances beyond our control....
B: You shouldn't say due to.
A: Why not?
B: Because I say so.
A: Not a good enough reason. I am going to continue saying due to.
Of course, owing to and because of are the other two options. The Longman dictionary has this to say about due to:
"Some people think due to should only be used after the verb to be, but many people use it with other verbs as well."
Maybe your professors belong to the group of people who object to its being used with other verbs.
but some say it is not acceptable to use due to at the beginning of a sentence although it is common and not cause any trouble. They, I mean the professors, must be expecting because of ... or owing to instead of due to or you may be supposed to place due to at the end of your sentence :)
Hair loss may be due to stress.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone the meeting.