Cut Down on the Various Ways to Say “Because” – Writing Tips and Tricks

 

Cut down on the various ways to say “because”. I am guilty of this along with many writers – native speakers of English as well as non-native speakers. Writers often use phrases such as due to the fact that, owing to the fact that, on account of, and on the grounds that, to mean because, due to, since, etc. You may need to rewrite your entire sentence to avoid using these longer phrases, but the outcome is certainly worth the effort when you convey your point more effectively.

 

See the following examples to illustrate this point:

 

  • Original: The company has opposed a number of projects due to the fact that they were not funded.
  • Revised: The company has opposed a number of projects because they were not funded.

 

  • Original: Due to the fact that you work in a different country you are a citizen of, you may be subject to taxes from both countries.
  • Revised: Because you work in a different country you are a citizen of, you may be subject to taxes from both countries.
  • OR: You work in a different country you are a citizen of, so you may be subject to taxes from both countries.
  • OR: Because you work in a different country you are citizen of, you may be subject to taxes from both countries.

 

  • Original: Since the weather is generally warm in southern California, Californians couldn’t accept the fact that the weather was so cold today.
  • Revised: Since the weather is generally warm in southern California, Californians couldn’t accept that the weather was so cold today.

 

 

Lessons Learned: Anytime you find yourself using the longer variations of because, know that, you can achieve more clarity in your writing using clearer, and stronger words.

Pick up and read the book The Elements of Style, by Strunk and White. In the “Omit Needless Words” section they tell us: “the fact that is an especially debilitating expression. It should be revised out of every sentence in which it occurs.”

 

Read over your writing and revise!

 

1 Comment
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    jie 1 month ago

    Really good advice! I have trouble being clear in my writing. I tend to use these phrases i quite often. I’ll take your advice when I revise my writing.

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