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# Confusion about use of *Because of*

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13 Jan 2018, 02:24
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Hi Experts,

I am consfused with the usage of because of -

1) I read Mike's article about usage of because of. He has clearly mentioned that this is an acceptable construction.

Because of + noun /gerrund phrase

Eg: because of waiting for the senator.

2) Now, I read Ron's explanation about the usage of because of. He says that
Because of + Verb - ing is not an acceptable constuction.

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13 Jan 2018, 02:47
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths-- 2,500 to 3,000 feet down.

(A) on account of living
(B) on account of their living
(C) because it lives
(D) because of living
(E) being they live

Here, the OA is C.
The reason for d being wrong is - it follows because of + Verb - ing structure.

My confusion is living at a greater depths is a gerrund phrase. So why it is wrong.

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13 Jan 2018, 04:35
sumit411 wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths-- 2,500 to 3,000 feet down.

(A) on account of living
(B) on account of their living
(C) because it lives
(D) because of living
(E) being they live

Here, the OA is C.
The reason for d being wrong is - it follows because of + Verb - ing structure.

My confusion is living at a greater depths is a gerrund phrase. So why it is wrong.

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Hi sumit411,

Because is a marker of the dependent clause, so we need a subject and verb in the 2nd part of the sentence.

In option (D) there is no verb, hence wrong.

In option (C) 'It' acts as a subject and 'lives' as a verb. Hence, it is a proper dependent clause.

So the overall structure of the sentence is as follows:

Independent clause, Dependent clause.

Thanks.
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13 Jan 2018, 05:45
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ganand wrote:
sumit411 wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths-- 2,500 to 3,000 feet down.

(A) on account of living
(B) on account of their living
(C) because it lives
(D) because of living
(E) being they live

Here, the OA is C.
The reason for d being wrong is - it follows because of + Verb - ing structure.

My confusion is living at a greater depths is a gerrund phrase. So why it is wrong.

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Hi sumit411,

Because is a marker of the dependent clause, so we need a subject and verb in the 2nd part of the sentence.

In option (D) there is no verb, hence wrong.

In option (C) 'It' acts as a subject and 'lives' as a verb. Hence, it is a proper dependent clause.

So the overall structure of the sentence is as follows:

Independent clause, Dependent clause.

Thanks.

Can you address my main concern in the post.

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