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- You use because of to show the reason for something.
- There's no class because of the holiday.
- We couldn't leave the island because of the bad weather.
- Because is followed by a clause (e.g., because it was good), while because of is followed by a noun phrase (e.g., because of the weather).
- Watch out for ambiguity after a negative first clause, as in "The case was not brought before the committee because of the incident the night before". This can be read either as a reason (the incident happened and so the case was not brought), or a denial of a reason (the incident happened, but this is not why the case was brought).
Deprecated in prose because it can always be replaced with a more specific construction, thus:
- There is no class in the holiday.
- The bad weather kept us on the island.
Many constructions occur in spoken language which are less suitable in written language: "because of" is an example.