Words and Phrases to Use Instead of “Because”
Hi dear English learners! Here we are again with a new lesson about the conjunction “because”. We normally use it to give the reason for something.
- I’m packing my bag because we are going on a city break to Rome for the weekend.
- I’m sorry I can’t babysit for you tonight because I’m having some friends round.
Let’s see what other words and phrases we can use instead of because:
- Because of
- Due to / owing to
- Given / given the fact
- By virtue of
- On account of
- Thanks to
- Since / as
- In view of
- Out of
Because of is a preposition phrase normally followed by a noun or a noun phrase. It means as a result of.
- The tennis player had to retire because of the injury.
- They didn’t go to the seaside this summer because of financial issues.
- The boy started to cry, not because of the pain but because of humiliation.
Due to / owing to
These two phrases are mostly used in a formal context and they mean because of.
- Public transport is rather slow this morning due to heavy snow.
- Owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, the concert is being delayed until further notice.
- A famous actress died this morning due to an illness.
Through is a preposition. Use it to indicate why someone has succeeded or failed in doing something.
- Martha was proud of being successful through her own efforts.
- They lost much money in their fields through bad weather conditions.
- Through its geographical location, the island is a transit point for illegal activities.
Given / given the fact
These phrases mean because of a certain fact.
- They were sent to the orphanage, given that their father was arrested.
- Given that their financial situation was a bit unstable, they’ve built a remarkably spacious house.
- You’ve done a good job given the fact that you were on your own, without anybody’s help.
By virtue of
By virtue of something means as a result of something.
- They were excluded from their father’s will by virtue of their mother’s expenses.
- Sandra became an American citizen by virtue of her marriage.
- The area, by virtue of its topography, has been less adversely affected by the rainy season.
On account of
Use the phrase instead of because of, especially if it has to do with a problem of some kind.
- The politician was forced out of the country on account of his disagreements with the regime.
- On account of the high rates of infections, multiple treatments are often required.
- The king was described as the “First Gentleman” on account of his style and manners.
Use the phrase to say that something good happened because of someone’s effort.
- Thanks to Simon, we have the tickets for the concert.
- Milly is recovering after the operation, thanks to the doctor.
- Thanks to my teachers, I understand very well what’s going on on the planet.
Since / as
Use since and as to give the reason why someone decided to do something or that something is true. Since is more formal than as.
- Since there were no clouds in the sky, Debbie decided to open the windows widely.
- As it was not easy to say when Martin will come home for lunch, Sarah decided to prepare the meal and heat it when he returns.
- She decided to download the app as it had very good reviews.
In view of
This is a formal phrase meaning because of a certain thing.
- In view of the ongoing negotiations, several things need to be considered as a matter of utmost importance.
- He decided to compensate in view of the fact that he had fasted the previous day.
- In view of the situation, I suggested that you take a break or a day off.
Out of is a preposition phrase to show the reason why somebody is doing something.
- She wasn’t very fond of movies, but she watched this one out of curiosity.
- Peter didn’t like talking to strangers but he asked the man how he was doing out of politeness.
- Her reaction made him incapable of making decisions other than those made out of impulse.
For is a preposition meaning because of or as a result of.
- I’m so happy for seeing you again! How have you been doing?
- They don’t eat food that contains gluten for health reasons.
- Everyone in the village loved him for his kindness.
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