30/03/17 As, Because, Since and For (Part 2)

As Because Since and For

BECAUSE
Because puts more emphasis on the reason, and most often introduces new information which is not known to the listener/reader.
Because I was ill for six months, I lost my job.
When the reason is the most important part of the sentence, the because- clause usually comes at the end. It can also stand alone. Since and as cannot be used like this.
  • Why am I leaving? I’m leaving because I’m fed up!
(NOT …I’m leaving since/as I’m fed up!)
  • Why are you laughing? – Because you look so funny.
A because- clause can be used at the end of a sentence to say how one knows something.
You didn’t tell me the truth, because I found the money in your room. (= …I know because I found…)FOR
For introduces new information, but suggests that the reason is given as an afterthought. A for- clause could almost be in brackets. For- clauses never come at the beginning of sentences, and cannot stand alone. For, used in this sense, is most common in a formal written style.

  • I decided to stop and have lunch – for I was feeling hungry.

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