"Because" is being used in novel ways these days. Why? Because Internet. Because language.
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."
The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction
, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms
. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web])
or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web])
. These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself.
I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use "because."
Linguists are calling it the "prepositional-because
." Or the "because-noun."
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