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# Major doubt on "Due To vs Because of vs Because"

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Major doubt on "Due To vs Because of vs Because"  [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2017, 07:38
Hello,

I'm a little confused by the usage of "because of".

I. https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sentence-correction/idioms/due-to-vs-because-of

"RULE 3: The expression ‘because of’ is used to modify entire clauses. Thus, you can use this expression to present reason for an action in the clause."

Whereas,

II. https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-idiom-because-vs-because-of/

"Prepositions are designed to be followed by only a noun —- “because of the rain“, “because of the parade“, “because of the child’s temper tantrum“, etc."

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/prospecting-for-gold-during-the-california-gold-rush-t6025.html

"...the word "of" is a preposition, and you cannot follow a preposition with a clause."

So, on one hand egmat says that "because of" is used to modify verbs and clauses while on the other hand, a couple of experts says "because of" can be followed by a noun or a gerund. Can anyone please help me in clarifying this?

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Re: Major doubt on "Due To vs Because of vs Because"  [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2017, 07:52
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sahilmshah92 wrote:
Hello,

I'm a little confused by the usage of "because of".

I. https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sentence-correction/idioms/due-to-vs-because-of

"RULE 3: The expression ‘because of’ is used to modify entire clauses. Thus, you can use this expression to present reason for an action in the clause."

Whereas,

II. https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-idiom-because-vs-because-of/

"Prepositions are designed to be followed by only a noun —- “because of the rain“, “because of the parade“, “because of the child’s temper tantrum“, etc."

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/prospecting-for-gold-during-the-california-gold-rush-t6025.html

"...the word "of" is a preposition, and you cannot follow a preposition with a clause."

So, on one hand egmat says that "because of" is used to modify verbs and clauses while on the other hand, a couple of experts says "because of" can be followed by a noun or a gerund. Can anyone please help me in clarifying this?

Tagging experts for help.
egmat
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Hey,
All the experts above are correct.

"Because of" should always be followed by a noun and as e-gmat said it will modify a clause, and this clause precedes "because of".
Meaning the structure would be "Clause because of Noun".
here because of modifies the Clause.
Ex: "The parent-teacher meeting was canceled because of heavy rains"
here because of modifies the entire clause "The parent-teacher meeting was canceled" and is followed by a Noun "heavy rains".

I have a small understanding of the other structures as well:-
Structure of Because: Clause + Because + Clause.
Structure of Because of: Clause + Because of + Noun.
Structure of Due To: Noun + "is/was" + Due to + Noun.
See some more examples for clarity.

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Re: Major doubt on "Due To vs Because of vs Because"  [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2017, 08:12
DIII wrote:
sahilmshah92 wrote:
Hello,

I'm a little confused by the usage of "because of".

I. https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sentence-correction/idioms/due-to-vs-because-of

"RULE 3: The expression ‘because of’ is used to modify entire clauses. Thus, you can use this expression to present reason for an action in the clause."

Whereas,

II. https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-idiom-because-vs-because-of/

"Prepositions are designed to be followed by only a noun —- “because of the rain“, “because of the parade“, “because of the child’s temper tantrum“, etc."

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/prospecting-for-gold-during-the-california-gold-rush-t6025.html

"...the word "of" is a preposition, and you cannot follow a preposition with a clause."

So, on one hand egmat says that "because of" is used to modify verbs and clauses while on the other hand, a couple of experts says "because of" can be followed by a noun or a gerund. Can anyone please help me in clarifying this?

Tagging experts for help.
egmat
VeritasPrepKarishma
mikemcgarry

Hey,
All the experts above are correct.

"Because of" should always be followed by a noun and as e-gmat said it will modify a clause, and this clause precedes "because of".
Meaning the structure would be "Clause because of Noun".
here because of modifies the Clause.
Ex: "The parent-teacher meeting was canceled because of heavy rains"
here because of modifies the entire clause "The parent-teacher meeting was canceled" and is followed by a Noun "heavy rains".

I have a small understanding of the other structures as well:-
Structure of Because: Clause + Because + Clause.
Structure of Because of: Clause + Because of + Noun.
Structure of Due To: Noun + "is/was" + Due to + Noun.
See some more examples for clarity.

Got it! Thanks buddy
Re: Major doubt on "Due To vs Because of vs Because" &nbs [#permalink] 08 Nov 2017, 08:12
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