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As vs Because

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Chewbecca Sat 23-Feb-13 11:32:34

DH bought a birthday card that read:

'the peas went on strike...

As they were fed up working for peanuts'

The use of 'as' grates on me, I feel it should be 'because'. Though it probably wouldn't fit the space available in the card!

But, is the use of 'as' actually wrong or just a style preference?

tak1ngchances Sat 23-Feb-13 16:48:23

Here's the explanation from the BBC:

Because is used when the reason is the most important part of the sentence or utterance. The because clause usually comes at the end:
'I went to Spain last summer because I wanted the guarantee of sunshine on every day of my holiday.'

As and since are used when the reason is already well known and is therefore usually less important. The as or since clause is usually placed at the beginning of the sentence:
'As the performance had already started, we went up to the balcony and occupied some empty seats there.'
'Since John had already eaten, I made do with a sandwich.'

Chewbecca Sun 24-Feb-13 11:16:58

Thanks. So, wrong or style preference?

tak1ngchances Sun 24-Feb-13 16:41:13

It seems it is wrong

tak1ngchances Sun 24-Feb-13 16:41:29 you are right! grin

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