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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 5:05:03 AM
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I also realised that besides the grudge that I had against my father, the other causes of my depression may be due to my egotistical and selfish nature.

I think the part in bold should be replaced by "my egotistical and selfish nature". Am I correct?

Thanks.
sureshot
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 8:06:21 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
I also realised that besides the grudge that I had against my father, the other causes of my depression may be due to my egotistical and selfish nature.

I think the part in bold should be replaced by "my egotistical and selfish nature". Am I correct?

Thanks.

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I agree that "due to" can be deleted. The preposition "due to" means "because of something". Try reading the sentence by replacing "due to" with its meaning! The clumsiness created by using the preposition becomes more apparent.
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 10:26:16 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
I also realised that besides the grudge that I had against my father, the other causes of my depression may be due to my egotistical and selfish nature.

I think the part in bold should be replaced by "my egotistical and selfish nature". Am I correct?

Thanks.


Hi, Koh Elaine.

Kind of.

Just like the above comment "The preposition "due to" means "because of something", without it, the sentence could possibly imply a different meaning: The other causes of my depression may be my egotistical and selfish nature. "my egotistical and selfish nature" is a predicate nominative (Complement of the subeject) where "my egotistical and selfish nature" is describing "causes"; however, when you add "due to" you imply the reason for "causes", so yeah, they can mean the same thing, nevertheless, in order to provide a more detailed sentence, you'd better add the prepositional phrase: due to..



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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:21:31 AM
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...in order to provide a more detailed sentence, you'd better add the prepositional phrase: [i]due to...

I doubt the prepositional phrase "due to" provides a more detailed sentence.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:24:38 AM

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I agree with sureshot here.

"My egotistical and selfish nature: is the subject complement of "cause of my depression".

The phrase 'due to' makes no sense.

One cause of my depression may be my egotistical and selfish nature.

My depression may be due to my egotistical and selfish nature.



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NKM
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:42:08 AM

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This reminds me of a couple of other (somewhat related) situations.

We often hear "the reason … is because …" instead of "the reason … is that …." The word "reason" implies a cause, so "because" seems redundant.

For similar reasons, "the reason why …" instead of "the reason that …" also feels awkward. Either just "the reason" or just "why" would be sufficient.

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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 1:07:29 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
...in order to provide a more detailed sentence, you'd better add the prepositional phrase: [i]due to...

I doubt the prepositional phrase "due to" provides a more detailed sentence.

Hi

Your statement shows reason, so "due to" is the perfect phrase to express such thought. Nevertheless, it seems redundant, as said above, therefore, it is up to you.

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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:54:20 AM

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Nothing wrong except that replace 'causes' with 'cause'. IMO

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:36:14 AM

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Hi again.

Ashwin is right - "nature" is singular, so it's just one cause, not two.

Maybe I'm being a little too literal or pedantic, but it just sounds wrong to me.

"The other causes of my depression may be due to my egotistical and selfish nature" actually says:
"The cause of the causes of my depression may be my egotistical and selfish nature."

As NKM says, it is similar to saying
"Why are you drinking that tea?"
"The reason why is that I'm thirsty."


"The other cause of my depression may be my egotistical and selfish nature."
"The reason is that I'm thirsty."


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tunaafi
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:47:55 AM

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The cause of the reason why I am not adding a response is due to the excellent responses others have already given.

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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:32:34 AM

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Wonderful and great admission( I mean, response), tunaafi.Whistle Whistle Whistle

And thanks, DragO Sir.

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leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:15:38 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
I also realised that besides the grudge that I had against my father, the other causes of my depression may be due to my egotistical and selfish nature.

I think the part in bold should be replaced by "my egotistical and selfish nature". Am I correct?


In short, not at all.

The attribution of one's depression to a particular character trait is very different from the assertion that depression is inevitably caused by an "egotistical and selfish nature", aka narcissism.



"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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