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Subject:Re: due to From:James Mathewson <math0038 -at- GOLD -dot- TC -dot- UMN -dot- EDU> Date:Fri, 26 May 1995 11:19:35 -0500
The AP says 'due to' should always be replaced by 'because of'. Their
reasoning is similar to the school teacher's (mentioned in one of the
early posts in this thread). 'Due to' is primarily used to express the
subject's indebtedness, where this can be monetary or literary.
Personally, I find the whole construction cumbersome. Why not say
"Deforestation caused flooding" rather than "Flooding was because of (due