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Write the Right Word: Because and Since

Despite the way “since” often gets used, it does not mean the same thing as “because.”

Use “since” to indicate the passing of time and “because” to refer to a cause-and-effect relationship. For example: “XYZ Co. has been in business since 1895.” “Because I have a cold, I decided to stay home from work today.”

The easy way to remember which word is correct is to use “because” if you are indicating a “cause.”  Thus, the cold caused me to stay home.

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