03/05/17 Due to and Because Of

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This is a very important topic about which many people usually ask me:
Strictly speaking due is a noun <give them their due> or an adjective  <due process>. That is why purists sanction its use (1) after a be-verb, as a predicative adjective <the delay was due to bad weather>, and (2) to modify a noun <the delay due to bad weather upset the whole schedule>. Sticklers object to using due to as a preposition <Due to

[read Because of] bad weather, the trial was delayed>. Others think their scorn is undue. In any event, when a preposition is needed, because of  is a stronger and safer choice.

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