Which to use? Due to or Because of? Here are a few tips to keep you aligned with the latest style guides. Due to modifies nouns and is generally used after some form of the verb to be (is, are, was, were, etc.). Jan's success is due to talent and spunk (due to modifies success and introduces an adjective phrase and should modify nouns). Because of should modify verbs. It introduces an adverbial phrase. Ted resigned because of poor health (because of modifies resigned). He did not resign due to poor health.
"DUE TO" modifies nouns, but introduces adjective phrases: "Her failure was due to poor study habits."
Explanation: "due to poor study habits" modifies the noun "failure." "Due to" is almost always used with a form of the verb, "be," (is, am, was, are, and were). Some say "due to" usually means "caused by."
"BECAUSE OF" modifies verbs, but introduces adverbial phrases. "She failed because of poor study habits."
Explanation: "because of poor study habits" modifies the verb "failed."
These days, people sometimes use "due to" after a verb, but when possible, keep "due to" with nouns and "because of" with verbs. Memorize DTN (due to noun) and BOV (because of verb).
If you can't remember, many experts say to use "because of" rather than "due to."
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