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May I use "due to" like "given", as in the following example? If not, is there any other word (except "given") I could use in order to replace it?

I like to visit new people, especially foreigners, due to the different cultural values and backgrounds they usually have.


Yes, "due to" fits fine in your example, but there are lots of other alternatives.

In this context, "due to" means "because of", which easily slots into your sentence:

I like to visit new people, especially foreigners because of the different cultural values and backgrounds they usually have.

With some modification to the structure of your sentence, you could probably use quite a number of these alternatives:

  • as
  • as a result of
  • on account of
  • being
  • considering
  • for the reason that
  • in that
  • in view of
  • on the grounds that
  • owing to
  • Thank you very much! But do you think that "due to" also works in this sentence? – lae96 Jan 17 at 8:45
  • @lae96 Yes, "due to" works fine. – Astralbee Jan 17 at 8:56

'Due to' is grammatically possible here, but it literally means 'because of', 'as a result of', 'owing to' and is most often used to explain an undesired result. If you need a single word, something like 'considering' could replace your original word. You can also use longer phrases in that place, e. g. 'taking into account' or something clearly positive like 'being interested in knowledge about', 'looking forward to learning more about', etc.

  • Disagree. "Due to" certainly can reference a positive aspect of something. Also, "because of" works very well in this sentence, assuming he likes to visit foreigners because he seeks exposure to different cultural values, etc. – Stephen R Jan 17 at 16:24

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