English Language English Vocabulary: Cause vs Purpose

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In today's lesson, we will learn how to make the difference between the cause and the purpose in English plus learn a few expressions.

Express Cause (or reason) in English[edit | edit source]

A cause is the source of, the reason for an event or action that which produces or effects a result. It is expressed by the English "due to".

Examples to express cause in English[edit | edit source]

  • He was frustrated due to the mucked up windscreen.
  • Since you don't believe me, I won't give evidence.
  • Because of his lack of training he had difficulties finding a job.
  • He gave him his jacket out of pity.
  • On account of the weather we didn't go for a walk.
  • Billy was punished for lying to his teacher.
  • Owing to the snow, the planes couldn't take off.
  • As you are a foreigner you can't express your opinions on the situation in the area.
  • Seeing that you aren't interested I' ll do it by myself.

Express Purpose (or effect) in English[edit | edit source]

The purpose is an object to be reached, a target, an aim or a goal. It is expressed by the English "in order to".

Examples to express purpose in English[edit | edit source]

  • Everyone did their best in order to finish the work.
  • We had a meeting today so as to discuss next year's programme.
  • He did all he could for her not to worry.
  • I moved to France so that I could improve my French.

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