"For" vs. "Because" in the English grammar

For vs. Because

'For' and 'because' can be used as conjunctions but what are their differences? In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

"For" vs. "Because" in the English grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The main difference between 'for' and 'because' is that as conjunctions 'because' is far more common. Although 'for' can have the same meaning, but it is mostly found in literary texts.

Expressing Purpose

'For' and 'because' as conjunctions can be used to indicate the purpose of something or the reasons behind a phenomenon. Take a look at the following examples:

He felt uneasy for he knew he has been caught.

He felt uneasy because he knew he has been caught.

Tip!

'For' is less commonly used as a conjunction as it is considered outdated. You may face it only in literary contexts.

Are They Interchangeable?

We cannot always replace 'for' with 'because' as 'for' is not used only as a conjunction. It can be used as a preposition to talk about something 'in favor of' or 'to the benefit' of someone or something else. 'For' has many more functions which were not named here. 'Because' can only replace 'for' when it is used as a conjunction. Have a look:

They voted for freedom of all women. → They voted because freedom of all women.

He bought a present for his daughter. → He bought a present because his daughter.

He felt disdain toward her for she had murdered his brother. → He felt disdain toward her because she had murdered his brother.

Since

'Since' can also be used as a conjunction to convey the purpose or the reason of something. 'Since' and 'because' are more common than 'for.' Have a look:

I tackled all the hardships since I worked day and night.

I tackled all the hardships for I worked day and night.

I tackled all the hardships because I worked day and night.

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