'Because' is mainly used to show the reason behind something. It is mainly a conjunction, although it can informally be used as a preposition. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.
'Because' as a Conjunction
As was mentioned above, 'because' is mainly used as a conjunction here. Below, we are going to analyze the kind of conjunction it can be:
'Because' as a Subordinating Conjunction
'Because' is a subordinating conjunction and it connects a subordinate clause to the main one. It is used when we want to give the reason behind something. Look below:
I couldn't hold on anymore
As you can see, it is clear why she did what she did.
Position in a Sentence
We can put 'because' at the beginning of the subordinate clause, or between the two clauses. Look at the following examples:
Here, it has been put at the beginning of the subordinate clause.
She arrived on time
As you can see, 'because' has been used between the two clauses.
It is useful to know that we can use adverbs before this conjunction. Take a look:
Don't you think it is mainly
Here, we are signifying the main but not the only reason behind the action.
Selena is sick partly
Here, we are signifying part but not all the reason behind the action.
'Because' as a Preposition
As was stated above, 'because' can seldom be used as a preposition, although this can only happen in informal settings. When we humorously want to show the reason behind something, although we do not want to explain it, we use 'because' as a preposition. Take a look:
Position in a Sentence
Since we use 'because' here humorously about something and want to avoid giving further explanations about it, we use it before that particular noun. Look:
'Because' vs. 'Because of'
We mainly use 'because' at the beginning of a clause whereas, we use 'because of' before a noun. Compare:
(Not she is sad
They are late
(Not they are late
because of they...)
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