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2009.11.25(Review of 2001.01.17 edition)

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The single word “because” is usually followed by an explanation of the reason for something, in the form of a full sentence. Add the word “of”, however, and the reason can often be expressed in just a word or two. Neat trick, don't you think?

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 間違いやすいボキャブラリー
BECAUSE OF   〜の理由で、〜のために

Explanation

  • We use because of to explain why something happens.

    Be Careful[1]! Unlike “the reason why”, this expression is immediately followed not by WHAT happens, but by WHY it happens.

    Be Careful[2]! Unlike “because”, because OF is followed by a noun or noun phrase, not a full sentence.
  • because of は、あることが起きた理由を説明するときに使う表現です。

    注意1: the reason why と違い、この表現のすぐ後には、起こったことではなく、起こった理由が続きます。

    注意2: because と違い、because of の後には、文ではなく、名詞か名詞句が続きます。

BECAUSE OF

examples

  1. I was late for my appointment because of the traffic.
    (= because the traffic was heavy)
  2. a: Who won the game last night?
    b: The game was cancelled.
    a: Why?
    b: Because of the rain. (= because it was raining)
  3. I bet you get stared at a lot because of your height. (= because you are so tall)
  4. I can tell that she's smart because of the way she speaks.

英会話レッスンThat's all for now!