#GrammarTrivia: Due To vs. Because Of

Let’s start our first #GrammarTrivia session of the year!

So, the admin is currently applying for graduate school. Part of the application requirement is to write essays. With essays, you need to do a lot of explaining. The words “because” and “due to” showed up many times.

What’s the difference between Because and Due To? How do we use them properly?

First of all, remember: Because and Due To are NOT interchangable.

Meaning? Though they are very similar, they have a very different role.

Take a look at these 2 sentences and tell me how they differ:

1. Her headache was due to the noise coming from upstairs.

2. She had a headache because of the noise coming from upstairs.

So, what do you think, fellas? :9

@aanisamard: Bcz folllowed by sbj n verb , due to followed by noun obj n noun clause

@nhinurhik: because+clause, due to+noun?

@Putrindhw: due to selalu didahului to be. Tp because ga harus.

OK, let’s start with the explanation for Due To.

Due To means “as a result of” or “resulting from”. It has a formula of: Predicate adjective + Preposition

Due To ALWAYS comes after any form of the verb To Be.

Here’s a trick: If you can change it into “caused by” then that means you should use Due To.

As for Because, it is basically a preposition to introduce an adverbial phrase.

Which is why, at a glance, there seems to be another full sentence following up Because.

The trick: Use Because when you mean to say “as a result of”.

Important note: Because is not used after any form of To Be.

Simply put, with Due To, the explanation is being put first. Because gives the explanation later.

I hope that’s clear enough :D Feel free to ask any question!

Fellas, interesting questions from @aryckagusta here. How about Since, As, and Owing To?

@aryckagusta ‘Since’ is used when the reason is not the most important part (highlight) of the sentence.

@aryckagusta ‘As’ is when the reason happens at the same time as the event.

@aryckagusta ‘For’ is interchangeable with Because. It’s used more in old English.

@aryckagusta ‘Owing to’ is formal and usually used in written announcement.

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 4 January 2015.

6 thoughts on “#GrammarTrivia: Due To vs. Because Of”

  1. What if we just put the ” due to” and “because of” at the first of sentence? Is there any special rule?
    Coz both sounds ok, but I dunno if its right:
    Due to the noise she was got headache
    Because of the noise she had a headache

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