Wrong because of ‘because’

People in my office know me as a person who knows about computer because my background study.

In my experience students usually get this wrong because of because of!

When you use cause effect signals, you need to think about how each signal behaves with either a cause or an effect. Because ‘behaves’ as follows:

  • because + cause sentence
  • because of + cause noun

According to this pattern, the following are possible:

  • People in my office know me as a person who knows about computer because I studied computer science.
  • People in my office know me as a person who knows about computer because of my academic background.

When you’re reading, take a close look at what comes after a cause effect signal. It will be one of these:

  • signal + cause noun
    Prices rose due to an increase in demand.
  • signal + cause sentence
    Prices rose because demand increased.
  • signal + effect noun
    An increase in demand caused an increase in prices.
  • signal + effect sentence
    Demand increased. Consequently prices rose.

As usual I recommend reading, reading, and more reading as the best way to learn what to say or write after cause effect signals!

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