because, due to

because: as a result of

due to: attributable to, caused by, resulting from

A grammar ‘rule’ is that due to should only be used as an adjective (following the noun), and not as a compound preposition. It should not be used in place of because of.

The colour change was due to a chemical reaction.


Due to a chemical reaction, the solution changed colour.


The solution changed colour due to a chemical reaction.

Use of due to in a sentence is only correct if these words could be replaced by caused by or attributable to. Due to should not be used as a wordy alternative to because.

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