Because and because of

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Because means for the reason that. It is a conjunction. It is used at the beginning of a clause.

Because of is a two-word preposition. It means by reason of, on account of. It is used before a noun or a pronoun.

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Position

Because and its clause can go either before or after the main clause.

Because and because of | Grammar exercise

Complete the following sentences using because or because of.

1. She was late ------------------ the storm. (because / because of)

2. I helped him -------------- he was my friend. (because / because of)

3. He decided to hire a taxi ---------------- he was late. (because / because of)

4. I couldn't come ------------------ I was busy. (because / because of)

5. You can't criticise her just ----------------- she is a woman. (because / because of)

6. He can't go out ------------------- his illness. (because / because of)

7. He retired early ----------------- ill health. (because / because of)

8. They decided to separate ---------------- irreconcilable differences. (because / because of)

9. They decided to separate ---------------- they were always quarreling. (because / because of)

10. I didn't go to the party ---------------- I was feeling a bit tired. (because / because of)

Answers

1. She was late because of the storm.

2. I helped him because he was my friend.

3. He decided to hire a taxi because he was late.

4. I couldn't come because I was busy.

5. You can't criticise her just because she is a woman.

6. He can't go out because of his illness.

7. He retired early because of ill health.

8. They decided to separate because of irreconcilable differences.

9. They decided to separate because they were always quarreling.

10. I didn't go to the party because I was feeling a bit tired.

See Also

Because, because of, due to and owing to: grammar worksheet
Due to and owing to
Due to, owing to, because of and on account of

See Also

Back and Again
Bath and bathe
Beat and win
Because
Because of, due to, owing to and on account of
Been
Before
Before and in front of
Begin and Start
Belong to, belong on and belong in
Below and under
Beside
Besides
Between and among
Between and during
Between and from
Big, large and great
A bit
Born and borne
Both
Bring and take
But
But, though, in spite of, despite
By and with