11 substitutes for because and because of

In English we use many different words and phrases to give the reason for something. Of course, the most common is ‘because’. Other words/phrases are not so common.

Because is a conjunction. It should be followed by a clause. The phrase ‘because of’ is also used to give an explanation. It is a two-word preposition and should be followed by a noun, not a clause.

In this lesson, we will take a look at some not-so-common substitutes for because and because of.

1. As and since

These conjunctions are used when the reason is already known to the reader or when it is not the most important part of the sentence. As and since-clauses usually come at the beginning of the sentence.

Because is used when the reason is not known to the reader/listener or when the writer wants to put emphasis on the reason.

2. As a result of

As a result of is a substitute for ‘because of’. It should be followed by a preposition.

3. As long as

As long as can mean ‘since’ or ‘because’.

So long as can also be used.

As long as can also be used to state conditions.

Note that after as long as, we use a present tense to refer to the future.

4. Due to

‘Due to’ is a preposition. It can be used instead of because of.

Note that because of can also be used in this case.

5. For

For can be a substitute for because in a poetic style.

6. Inasmuch as

Inasmuch as has more or less the same meaning as ‘because’. It is mainly used in a formal style.

7. In view of the fact that

This phrase has the same meaning as inasmuch as.

8. Now that

Now that can be used as a conjunction. In an informal style, that is often dropped.

9. Out of

This phrase is used to give explanations of emotions or feelings.

10. Owing to

Owing to is similar to due to. It is also used in a formal style.

11. Thanks to

Thanks to is the equivalent of because of. This can refer to either a positive or negative outcome.

Sections in this article

The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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