One-Point English Lesson: Because vs. Because Of

MichaelAD Confusing Words, Grammar


Be careful of this common mistake in English.

We use because of followed by an noun:

  • Because of the rain we canceled the picnic.
  • We got to the party late because of the traffic.

On the other hand we use because followed by a subject and verb:

  • Because it was raining we canceled the picnic.
  • We got to the party late because there was traffic.

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