- For the reason that; since: we did it because we felt it our duty just because I’m inexperienced doesn’t mean that I lack perceptionMore example sentences
- The reason for this is because they had been trying for a baby for the last few years.
- The reason the party is in this mess is because it has not been honest with the voters.
- So far the council has sold us down the river each time because it is strapped for cash.
- On account of; by reason of: they moved here because of the babyMore example sentences
- Some would even say the only reason they go to watch Tranmere is because of Iain alone.
- We hate to think that the reason we are the way we are is because of our genes, for example.
- You have mentioned it a number of times that the reason the load is low is because of the cap.
Middle English: from the phrase by cause, influenced by Old French par cause de 'by reason of'.
1 When because follows a negative construction the meaning can be ambiguous. In the sentence he did not go because he was ill , for example, it is not clear whether it means either ‘the reason he did not go was that he was ill’ or ‘being ill wasn’t the reason for him going; there was another reason’. Some usage guides recommend using a comma when the first interpretation is intended ( he did not go, because he was ill ) and no comma where the second interpretation is intended, but it is probably wiser to avoid using because after a negative altogether.2 As with other conjunctions such as but and and, it is still widely held that it is incorrect to begin a sentence with because. It has, however, long been used in this way in both written and spoken English (typically for rhetorical effect), and is quite acceptable. 3 On the construction the reason ... is because, see reason (usage).