What is the difference between owing to and due to ?
When comes to providing reason for a cause, complex prepositions such as owing to,due to , on accont of and because of are indispensable. Some say that usage of owing to and due to is interchangable, but grammarians would deny that. I will enlighten the difference by way of the following example. But before that,remember that the usage of owing to is adverbial whereas the usage of 'due to' is adjectival.
The flight is cancelled owing to bad weather.
Cancellation of the flight is due to bad weather.
Can you see the difference how the sentence with ' owing to' is modified when 'due to' is used?
'Due to' corresponds to 'attribute to'or 'caused by' and it comes mostly after 'be' verbs.
Cancellation of flight is attributed to bad weather.
'Owing to' corresponds to 'because of'.
The flight is cancelled because of bad weather.
|link comment||answered Mar 18 '12 at 07:50 vinay Contributor|
Thank you Tolley and Vinay. We tend to use "because" or "because of" for convenience, but it's good to know why we feel pedantic about what should be the correct use of "owing to" and "due to", coming from a long-ago era when these things seemed to have more importance.
|link comment||answered Aug 09 '12 at 14:33 Fae Nelson New member|
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