Do to? or Due to? ~ 5 Minute Grammar Lesson

Here is another must know grammar tip, Do to? or Due to? Do you know the difference?

Do to? or Due to - A grammar lesson

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Do to or Due to?

For instance:

  • Do to the increasing cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, I’m growing a bigger garden this year. ?? NOPE.
  • Due to the increasing cost of fresh fruits  and vegetables, I’m growing a bigger garden this year.  OR
  • Because of the increasing cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, I’m growing a garden this year.  GOT IT?

Do to or Due to? 5 Minute Grammar Lesson

  • Do to the fact that smoking causes cancer, don’t smoke.  NOPE.
  • Due to the fact that smoking causes cancer, don’t smoke.   OR
  • Because smoking causes cancer, don’t smoke.   PREFERRED.

Your super simple check for the DO/DUE error is to substitute BECAUSE. If you can use BECAUSE in your sentence, the CORRECT word to use is DUE. However, it’s best to avoid DUE TO THE FACT THAT in formal writing. It’s just wordy and annoying. When in doubt, use BECAUSE.

Do you see this mistake a lot?

 

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Comments

  1. I can't think of many times where you would use "do to" anyway. I've made the mistake of "due to the fact that" more than once. I'm pretty good at spelling, but the grammar is a bit harder on me.
  2. "Your super simple check for the DO/DUE error is to substitute BECAUSE. If you ***can*** use BECAUSE in your sentence, the CORRECT word to use is DUE. However, it’s best to avoid DUE TO THE FACT THAT in formal writing. It’s just wordy and annoying. When in doubt, use BECAUSE." I am not attempting to make a flippant remark, or a "gotcha" comment. However, I am looking for clarification. I flagged -- with asterisks -- the text that I would like clarification on. Did you intend to state "If you can't" or "If you can"? Thanks.
  3. Hi Michelle, I'm Fran Cassady from Minneapolis and I blog health and fitness, It's was great reading your short bio. Thanks for helping me out on how to use do vs, due. Best Regard and Happy Holidays, Fran Cassady
  4. Hi Michelle: Thanks for the tips. My search on DO or DUE led me to your site. For me I was writing up an invoice for my customers auto repair. I wanted to say --- Front Brake Service ( DUE ASAP ) and was unsure about using DUE or DO. I followed your rule and "Because" would not work so I used ( DO ASAP ) I hope I was correct in doing so. PS: Like your idea of slowing down and enjoying life. At 54 with 4 kids and a family business sometimes I feel like i'm on a treadmill. Bob.
    • Hi Bob, in your case, it should be DUE as well and my rule about because doesn't work since you're not using due in a prepositional phrase. Due can also mean required or expected to happen - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/due. Isn't the English language great? :D Thank you for the comment and the compliment.
  5. I've instantly fell in love with this blog. I love your motto of Simplify, Live, Love; this is what we are missing from this fast track life. Oh my and what can I say about you grammar blog, LIFE SAVER!!! :)
  6. Okay, so me and my boss got into a argument yesterday and I'm 99% positive I'm right, okay so here it is, is it a to do list or to due list I won't even say which one I believe is right

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