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‘due to’

 ‘In most modern city centres, our movements are constantly tracked, due to the ubiquitous presence of surveillance cameras.’

Common mistake:

‘Our movements are constantly tracked due to there are many surveillance cameras‘. 

‘Our movements are constantly tracked because there are many surveillance cameras’. OK

  • ‘due to’ cannot replace ‘because’ 

Correction:

‘Our movements are constantly tracked due to …

  • a noun (the ubiquitous presence of surveillance cameras)
  • the fact that + Subject-Verb-Object (due to the fact that there are surveillance cameras everywhere)
  • +ing form (there being so many surveillance cameras)

Notice:

‘because there are  = ‘due to there being

Practice

due to

Rewrite this phrase, following the rules above:

Due to a shortage of robots…’

1. Because there ___ a shortage of robots,

2. Due to the fact that _______ ___ a shortage of robots,

3. Due to _____ ___+ ing a shortage of robots

Answer

1. Because there is a shortage of robots,…

2. Due to the fact that there is a shortage of robots,…

2. Due to there being a shortage of robots, …

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