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Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 4:29:03 AM

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noun, verb, caused, caus·ing.
a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident?
the reason or motive for some human action: The good news was a cause for rejoicing.
good or sufficient reason: to complain without cause; to be dismissed for cause.
Law .
a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
a case for judicial decision.
any subject of discussion or debate.
a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the socialist cause; the human rights cause.
the welfare of a person or group, seen as a subject of concern: support for the cause of the American Indian.
Philosophy .
the end or purpose for which a thing is done or produced.
Aristotelianism . any of the four things necessary for the movement or the coming into being of a thing, namely a material (material cause), something to act upon it (efficient cause), a form taken by the movement or development (formal cause), and a goal or purpose (final cause).
–verb (used with object)
to be the cause of; bring about.
make common cause, to unite in a joint effort; work together for the same end: They made common cause with neighboring countries and succeeded in reducing tariffs.

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for the reason that; due to the fact that: The boy was absent because he was ill.
because of, by reason of; due to: Schools were closed because of heavy snowfall.

I was very disappointed that I was sick, because that meant I couldn't go to the party.
"I just had to do it, 'cause I knew I would regret it if I didn't."

Mary knew she was the cause of the commotion, although she didn't want to admit it.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 10:36:11 AM

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I is reading this thread, cuz I is curious about what you is saying.

Obscenity is the last refuge of an inarticulate motherfucker.
Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 10:51:12 AM

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WellMadeMale wrote:
I is reading this thread, cuz I is curious about what you is saying.

Tru dat, cuz! laughing6

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Posted: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 1:18:41 AM

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If using "cause" where you mean "because" it is proper to spell it with a preceding apostrophe (see below)... however it is recommended that you only use 'cause in dialogue. In narrative, always use the full word, because.

'cause = because

cause does not mean because. See dictionary entries provided above.

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