On Account of

Why you should use "because of" instead of "on account of"

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The expression on account of (meaning “because of”) is quite common among some native speakers of English. Traditionalists (i.e., the grammar police) consider it nonstandard. Because of is a more concise, universally accepted expression:

The game was delayed on account of because of the storm.

Due to is a similar expression that is often misused by native speakers. See my Due to page for more information.

Related Resources

Common Errors in English Usage: Errors in diction and idiom commonly made by native speakers of English

List of Common Errors in English Usage (PDF): Printable version of the complete list

Common Grammar Errors: A list of common errors in grammar (topics like subject-verb agreement and parallelism) as distinct from usage

List of Common Errors in English Usage: PDF version

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