Since or Because (explanation)

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Ok, I have a really good question.  I was just trying to write an important letter and I want to explain my situation.  “I did not respond to your email since I was out of town on Sunday.”  My boyfriend says that it should be because I was out of town, but I think since sounds more formal.  Since also indicates a time aspect in my mind.  When you answer this, please tell me if I should place since at the beginning.  Example: “Since I was out of town on Sunday, I couldn’t answer your email.”  I want to sound most professional that I can because this letter is so important.  It is for something legal.  Thank you for your help.

since because asked Aug 29 '13 at 00:09 Chantal New member

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'Since' can mean the same as 'because' when it's used as a conjunction, so both are correct.  I'm not sure if either one is more formal than the other.

link comment answered Aug 29 '13 at 00:47 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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