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Difference between Because and Because of

Because and because of are both used to introduce reasons. Because is a conjunction, and is followed by a subject and verb. Because of is a preposition, and is followed by a noun phrase or verb-ing

Because

because subject verb
because he felt ill, he didn't go to the work

Because of

because of noun phrase or verb-ing
because of his illness he didn't go to the party
because of feeling ill

 

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