Why should writers avoid using the word ‘because’

You should dodge the use of the word ‘because’; because there are many other words you can employ to make you sound much clearer. If you keep writing and saying ‘because’ over and over again, the only thing the reader will be conscious of is ‘because’ – it will choke your argument. It is at the top of the list of things you should steer clear from in your fiction, non-fiction,and academic articles. Because, ‘because’ can ramble on and on. See what I mean?

“The contemporary art movement involves methods, materials, subjects, and concepts because the present-day artists want to verbalize human consciousness because it is trendy in the present era.”

This is a lousy sentence. Why is it a lousy sentence? Not only is the language plain and bland, but the excessive use of ‘because’ takes over the lines. Is this a sentence about the surrealist art movement or a sentence about the unnecessary use of because? There are many other synonyms (replacements, substitutes) that you can use for because that will hit a more rational punch.

Here are some replacements for because: in consequence of, on account of, by reason of, in view of, on the grounds that, for the sake of, in behalf of, in the interest of, as things go, as a result of, in that, since, as, by virtue of, due to.

Now that we are armed with our analogs, we can change because into something more concise. There is a way to compose sentences that will enable you to avoid the use of because. Compare the first sentence to the alternative below:

“The contemporary art movement involves methods, materials, subjects, and concepts because the present-day artists want to verbalize human consciousness because it is trendy in the present era.”

“The contemporary art movement involves dream-like images on account of the artists wanting to articulate human consciousness as it was very popular during that time period.”

Look at how I had to swap the language to dodge using the use of ‘because’. You could employ this in your own articles and stories. It is noteworthy to recognize that you don’t write theoretical gold during your first, second, or even fourth draft. If it is easier for you to go to town with ‘because’ and edit your language after you have produced your ideas and thoughts, then do that. Everyone writes uniquely – some of us need Pink Floyd to write, others need perfect silence.

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