In the Confusables series, we talk about English words and expressions that are easily confused with one another because of similarities in spelling, pronunciation, and/or meaning.
What is the difference between because and because of?
To answer the question, we must talk a little about conjunctions and prepositions first.
A conjunction /kənˈdʒʌŋkʃn/ is a word like ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘but’, ‘while’, ‘although’ that joins words, phrases, or sentences. It is used at the beginning of a clause, before a subject and a verb.
- I’ll have fish and chips.
- Marry came to the party, but Jane didn’t.
- Although it was cold, he wasn’t wearing warm clothes.