Because vs. Due To

Much technical writing requires reasonable explanations of cause and effect. The verbiage used to describe such reasons can end up very wordy, redundant or confusing, which counteracts the whole purpose of a clear explanation.

Here are some wordy expressions you should avoid using:
Due to the fact that…
On the grounds that…
On account of…
Owing to the fact that…
For the reason that…

Try using the simple word “because.”

That was my mom’s favorite reason for everything. Why? Because. On occasion she got wordy and said “Because I said so.”

Here are some redundant expressions with two thoughts comprising reasoning:
The reason is because…
The cause of this is due to…

Just give the reason: The reason was corrosion.
Other good, simple expressions to use:
Caused by…
Resulting from…

Generally speaking, you should not start a sentence with “due to.” The word “due” is an adjective, therefore it should not be used the same way as “because,” which is a preposition. Grammarians suggest using “due to” only when you can replace it with “attributable to.”

Good Example: Many flight cancellations were due to snow. (adjective)
Bad Example: Due to the snow, many flights were canceled. (preposition)
Corrected: Because of the snow, many flights were canceled.

Here is what Webster’s Ninth dictionary says:
“When the due of due to is clearly an adjective (deaths due to malaria, success due to hard work), no one complains about the phrase.
But when the phrase is clearly a preposition (classes canceled due to snow), many people object to it. Although its development parallels that of the synonymous owing to – to which no one objects – and it has been recognized as standard for decades, you will still run the risk of giving offense if you use it.”


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