• A A

Home > Language > Grammar > Because and Since Compared

Difference Between Because and Since

Because vs Since

Because and Since are two words that are often considered wrongly as words denoting same meaning. Actually, they are not so. They in fact, denote two different meanings and connotations. The word ‘because’ is used as a conjunction, and hence, it cannot be used in the beginning of a sentence. On the other hand, the word ‘since’ can be used in the beginning of a sentence. This is the main difference between the two words.

It is interesting to note that the word ‘since’ is used in the middle of a sentence too. In other words, it can be used as a conjunction to separate two sentences. Thus, it is to be understood that both the words, namely, because and since are used as conjunctions but with a difference.

Take a look at the two sentences,

1. Lucy did not write the examination well because she did not prepare well.

2. Francis did not buy the book because he had no money.

In both the sentences, the word ‘because’ is used as conjunction to join two separate sentences. It is interesting to note that the word ‘because’ normally answers the question ‘why’ and hence, you can see that the first sentence answers the question why Lucy did not write the examination. The second sentence answers the question why Francis did not buy the book. This is an important observation to make while using the word ‘because’.

On the other hand, observe the two sentences,

1. Robert was on leave yesterday since he suffered from fever.

2. Lucy could not bring the book since she lost it.

In both the sentences, the word ‘since’ is used in a way to explain the reason behind a happening. As a matter of fact, the word ‘since’ is sometimes used in the sense of ‘from’ as in the sentence ‘she has been ill since last week’. In the first sentence given above the word ‘since’ explains the reason why Robert was on leave, and in the second sentence the word ‘since’ explains the reason why Lucy could not bring the book respectively.

In the sentence that has the word ‘since’ in the sense of ‘from’, it says that ‘she has been ill from last week’. The word ‘since’ is often used in letter writing because most letters are descriptive in nature with reasons being cited for happenings. These are the differences between the two words, namely, because and since.


email

Related posts:

  1. Difference Between For and Since
  2. Difference Between It and This
  3. Difference Between Since and From
  4. Difference Between Whereas and While
  5. Difference Between As and Like

Tags: , ,

Copyright © 2010-2012 Difference Between. All rights reserved.Protected by Copyscape Web Plagiarism Detection
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy : Legal.
hit counters
eXTReMe Tracker
hit counters