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since – Misused Words

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Misused word
since

Alternatives
because

Explanation
Do not use “since” to mean “because” if there is any chance of ambiguity. In the example below, “since” could mean “because” or “from the time that.”

Example
AvoidSince we won the game, we have been celebrating with a pitcher of root beer.”

UseBecause we won the game, we have been celebrating with a pitcher of root beer.”

Source
A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker [Sixth Edition]

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