Prepositions of Cause Purpose Reason
What are prepositions of cause? How many prepositions are there?
Prepositions of Cause, Purpose, and Reason
1) A preposition is usually a short word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence.
If I’m not mistaken, her birthday is in May.
2) There are many types of prepositions. Among them there are prepositions of cause, purpose, and reason. They are used to indicate why, what for, or because of what something happens. We usually use these prepositions when we answer the question beginning with ‘Why?’.
Why don’t you eat breakfast? – I don’t eat breakfast to sleep more in the mornings.
There are several commonly used prepositions of cause, purpose, and reason:
a) due to is used to express the cause of the action.
Due to her strict parents, Liz rarely went out. It was difficult for her to make friends. (Her parents were the cause of her not making friends.)
b) to is used to express the purpose of the action. (usually followed by a verb)
People go to clubs to dance and to meet new people. (These two things are the purpose of people going to clubs.)
c) for is used to express the reason of the action. (usually followed by a noun/pronoun or a gerund)
He was taken to the police station for driving under influence. (DUI was the reason he was taken to the police station.)
Because of is also used to express the reason of something happening.
I need to go home earlier because of my sick cat. (My cat is sick that’s why I need to go home earlier.)
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