LoM: “due to” is not the formal version of “because”

In the November writing a few students have used “due to” [caused by, attributable to, resulting from] instead of “because” [the reason why] since/as/because they found it was more formal. Well…

Apart from the problem in meaning — “due to” means “caused by” — there is a structural problem: “due to” can’t be followed by a subject and its corresponding verb.

  • I have experience teaching due to [caused by?!] I have been giving lesson since I started my double degree university studies — Maths and IT computers.

Other wording: When I started my double university degree in Mathematics and Computer Science I had to find some source of income, so I started giving private lessons. I now have a 4-year teaching experience.

  • I am able to work in a demanding atmosphere due to [caused by?!] I have the required skills and qualifications.

Other wording: Having the required skills and qualifications means I can/am able to work in a demanding atmosphere. / I have trained to be able to work under pressure.

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  1. Pingback: For your LoM – Due to / Because of | C1 Course by michelle

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