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1.The reason she’s so irritable is because she’s tired.

2.The reason she’s so irritable is because of that she’s tired.

Is there any difference in meaning between 'because' and 'because of that'?

Would anybody like to tell me the difference?

  • Because is a subordinating conjunction. Because of is a preposition – user178049 Nov 1 '16 at 10:37
  • because of wants a noun-phrase complement. It does not accept a that-clause complement. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 1 '16 at 11:27
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Because is a subordinating conjunction, which means it introduces a new subordinate clause. Your example

The reason she’s so irritable is because she’s tired.

Is correct

Because of is prepositional. It needs a direct object, not that-clause

The reason she’s so irritable is because of her work.

Is correct.

P.S: For me, the usage of "because" is redundant here. You have "The reason" infront of your sentence, so introducing the reason with "Because.." is not necessary.

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