|'Due to', 'owing to', on account of' and 'because of'|
Narayanan from India asks:
What is the difference in the usage of owing to and due to?
to and owing to are similar in meaning to on account
of and because of. They are all prepositions used with
noun phrases and are often used interchangeably. They indicate that
something happened as a result of something or introduce the reason
for something happening:
It used to be thought that it was incorrect to use due to in this way, but modern usage shows no hesitation in using these expressions interchangeably.
that these prepositions are sometimes used in cleft structures with
it and the verb to be:
noun phrases which these prepositions introduce are often rather formal
and it may be more natural to use because in informal, conversational
English. But remember that because is a conjunction and must
therefore be used to introduce a subordinate clause of reason: