22/6/17 Due to | Because Of

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Strictly speaking, due is a noun <give them their due> or an adjective <due process, due time>. That is why purists sanction its use (1) after a be-verb, as a predicate 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 trip 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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