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Because of / Caused by [#permalink] New post 30 May 2004, 08:22
Which of these is correct and why?

It seems likely that a number of astronomical phenomea, such as the formation of planetary nebulas,are because of the interaction of two stars orbiting each other.

It seems likely that a number of astronomical phenomea, such as the formation of planetary nebulas,are caused by the interaction of two stars orbiting each other.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2004, 08:33
I believe caused by is preferred usage. There is nothing wrong with bothe the sentence grammatically.

caused by clearly relates cause and effect.

The second choice makes the sentence passive voice.
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