English as a Second Language/the use of "because"

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Question
Hi
How are you?

My IELTS teacher says that we shouldn't use the word "because" in a FORMAL essay and should use "since" instead. Do you agree?

Thanks

Answer
Hi Hame,

I'm not going to argue with your instructor, but I see nothing wrong with using "because" in any kind of writing... formal or otherwise.

You could also use synonyms: therefore, attributed to, the effect of, resulting in, and so on

Again, this is my opinion only, and to the best of my knowledge there are no written rules about it.

If I were you I'd ask your instructor to explain his point of view.

I hope this helps.

Best,

Amy

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I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.

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I'm a certified ESL teacher with 12 years of experience teaching K-12 and adults.

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