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Difference between since and because? Options
suriyalatha
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 8:17:14 AM
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Hi,
What is the difference between since and because?
where should we use Since and because?
Eg:
I reached office earlier since/because(?) there was less traffic.
I was unable to logged into the website since/because(?) the server crashed.
DavidL
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 8:58:47 AM
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[quote=suriyalatha]Hi,
What is the difference between since and because?

'since' can also be used to mean 'for the reason that' or 'because' as well as referring to time. This can cause confusion unless the writer is careful:

"Since Paul left university last year, he has no academic qualification."
When you start to read this sentence, it seems to mean "Ever since/from the time he left last year,..."
but it really means "Because he dropped out of university, he has no degree."

I reached the office earlier because there was less traffic.

I was unable to log into the website because the server crashed.

Because of the risk of confusion, and at this stage of learning English, it might be better to use 'because', and use 'since' only when referring to a period of time.
EditingShark
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 8:01:54 PM
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In short:

since = passage of time
because = cause
emmicue
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 8:19:30 PM

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EditingShark wrote:
In short:

since = passage of time
because = cause


Not quite so short, Shark --
since = passage of time, or passage of time and cause
because = cause
EditingShark
Posted: Sunday, April 3, 2011 10:37:45 AM
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There is no confusion when you use the word "because." There is no confusion when you use "since" for the passage of time. You add an element of doubt when you use "since" as a cause when you could instead be more precise and use "because." I avoid the use of "since" to indicate cause.
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