Advanced Writing – Cause & Reason

Share

Joining Ideas - Cause & Reason

One of the things we’re constantly expected to do when we write is to provide justifications for our ideas. We can also use other information to provide explanations and support to our opinions. These come under a number of headings.

We consider the cause of what we are proposing. We can look at the possible effects of what we’re discussing and finally we can offer reasons as to why we think this way.  There is a lot of choice so it is essential to consider using a good range of these linking words and devices.  Let’s look at some ways we can use these types of structures.

Cause & Reason Grammar

The most familiar of these type of reason linking expressions are as, because, seeing that, seeing as, or since.

We can use the prepositions because of, due to, and owing to before a noun or a noun phrase.

We can also use for or with , for has a similar meaning to as a result of and with has a similar meaning to as a result of their being.

Examples

  • Because of/Due to/Owing to a computer error I got a huge electricity bill
    this month.
  • As/Since/Because/Seeing as/Seeing that you’ve finished your homework you can go out to play now.
  • I think you should finish the painting today otherwise it’ll never get done.
  • In view of the delay to your flight the airline will provide food vouchers.
  • With so many teachers out sick school had to close for a week.
  • As a result of lot of claims for household flood damage last winter, insurance premiums have doubled.
  • Such was the demand for the new toy that it sold out less than two days.
More Posts

Proficiency Exam Corner

Share Proficiency Exam Corner Share Proficiency Exam Corner Share More Posts Read More Using… Read More Using Topic Sentences Share   In the Cambridge Advanced

Would Rather & Would Prefer

Share Rather & Prefer  In this post we will look at the different grammar of would rather and would prefer and the way we use each

Verb & Adverb Suffixes

Share   Verb & Adverb Suffix Types We use a prefix at the beginning of the word to change the meaning and a suffix at

Using Topic Sentences

Share   In the Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency writing exams, the quality of answers depends on very good organisation of ideas and topics. In this

Unreal Past

Share   Unreal Past An unreal past structure is one that considers impossible situations. While conditional forms are the most obvious, there are also a

Using Nouns & Verbs

There are also a number of verbs and other words we can use to discuss the cause of something.   

Verbs

  • cause
  • provoke
  • result in
  • produce
  • precipitate
  • create
  • generate
  • mean
  • breed

Other expressions & phrasal verbs

  • bring about
  • lead to
  • give rise to
  • be the source of
  • spring from
  • derive from
  • Be/put down to
  • be/lie at the bottom/root/heart of
  • stem from