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What could be a very good replacement of the word because in the following example without merging the two sentences? any appropriate Adverbial Clause?

It is vital that universities equip our workforce with scientists, engineers and other professionals that enable our society to progress. Because a country without such experts is a country without the means to plan, create or maintain essential features of modern

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  • "As" would work?
    – Bella Swan
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 12:27
  • Considering the meaning of the quoted text, "because" seems the best. It might help if you give us more details, e.g. why you need a different word.
    – virolino
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 12:39
  • I actually have been told not to use Because at the beginning of a sentence. I don't remember the referencing. That's why bit confused. Will "This is because" improve the sentence? Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 12:43
  • Is this sentence made by You? Or is it taken from somewhere? From where? Ideally, the two sentences should be merged, and "because" is no longer at the beginning. However, it is OK, sometimes, to use that construct, to split the sentence in two parts and begin the second part with "because". As long as it does not become a habit.
    – virolino
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 13:16
  • Technically, having because at the start of this sentence can cause it to be read as not a sentence, as there is no principal verb - only the verb of a prepositional phrase. Such pseudo-sentences are fine informally, or in response to a question, but not in a non-dialogue formal context.
    – SamBC
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 14:56

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It is true that, for formal writing that isn't dialogue, you don't want to start a sentence with because. That means that what comes after is a prepositional phrase, and thus not a sentence. The quick fix, however, is to give the sentence a principal verb and a subject by using a relative pronoun:

It is vital that universities equip our workforce with scientists, engineers and other professionals that enable our society to progress. This is because a country without such experts is a country without the means to plan, create or maintain essential features of modern

This isn't great, because some people will argue that because... can't be an object or a subject complement. However, you can put in an adjective to act as subject complement and let the because... be a prepositional phrase in a conventional way. The easy way is to find some alternative to vital that clearly refers back to vital but avoids repetition.

It is vital that universities equip our workforce with scientists, engineers and other professionals that enable our society to progress. This is essential because a country without such experts is a country without the means to plan, create or maintain essential features of modern


I'm guessing you don't want to merge them because the second sentence looks like it goes on a bit past what you copied in here. If it doesn't produce a too huge sentence, and there's not other reason for the constraint, it's worth considering merging the sentences.

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