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Write the Right Word: Because vs. Since

Despite the way they're often used, “because” and “since” do not mean the same thing and shouldn’t be used interchangeably.

Use “because” to indicate a cause-and-effect relationship. For example: “He went to the store because his mother needed milk and bread.” Or this: “I stayed home because I have a cold.”

Use “since” to indicate the passage of time. “ABC Co. has been in business since 1964.”

Here’s an easy way to remember which word is correct: Use “because” if you are indicating a cause. So in the examples, the cold caused me to stay home and the mother’s need for groceries caused the man to go to the store.

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