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Someone told me that native speakers seldom begin a sentence with "because" in conversation. But I am wondering what are the possible authentic alternatives for "because"? Examples are invited and more than welcome!

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    I would question the value (and indeed, truth) of the assertion that native speakers seldom begin a sentence with "because". But to the extent that it might be true, it won't be to do with the actual word "because*. It'll be because the natural sequence is "I will do this because of that" (i.e. - the two preferred ways of expressing such causal relationships are X because/since/as/due to Y and Y so/hence/thus/therefore X). It's just unnecessarily complex in conversation to announce the relationship "direction" before specifying either cause or effect. Aug 4, 2014 at 17:04
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    I think this is more a word order phenomenon due to spoken sentences being largely unplanned, so because tends to come later in speech. You don't need to avoid because, I don't think.
    – user230
    Aug 4, 2014 at 17:58
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    As it is raining today, I'm not going out!
    – Maulik V
    Aug 5, 2014 at 6:06
  • Indeed, I may not have formulated my question to a sufficient extent. I know the synonyms, quasi or precise, for "because". The alternative expressions I seek are like, for instance, to begin a sentence with "The thing is ..." or something like that.
    – Yes
    Aug 5, 2014 at 6:16

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One of the most casual replacements I can think of is since:

Since I ate an hour ago, I'm not hungry right now.

There are a lot more formal replacements, but none that you would hear in conversation very frequently.

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    Or, we could do without both because and since: "I ate an hour ago, so I'm not hungry right now. Aug 4, 2014 at 16:11
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    Agreed. Sometimes, I choose one ordering over another, even in casual situations, depending on which part I want the listener to hear first.
    – ಠ_ಠ
    Aug 4, 2014 at 16:19
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    We could do without any conjunctions at all: "I ate an hour ago. I'm not hungry right now." Any listener could detect the causation. Aug 4, 2014 at 17:12
  • @ ಠ_ಠ: Exactly the point of my comment to the question. How often do you want the first thing the listener hears to be the "causative conjunction", given that it doesn't "mean" anything until you've also supplied the relevant cause and/or effect. In your example, almost certainly you want him to hear the most important bit (I'm not hungry) - so you say that first, then tack on the (effectively, optional) justification afterwards. Aug 4, 2014 at 17:14
  • since denotes time in most of the contexts (here too!). If you replace because with as, I think the message is conveyed in almost all instances. Nevertheless, not all as's can be replaced by because when the sentence begins with it! As you like! :)
    – Maulik V
    Aug 5, 2014 at 6:08
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Most of these examples sound like a child responding to a question the child finds annoying. (Which might explain why many adults try to avoid sounding like this.)

"Why didn't you use another word there?"

  • "'Cause I like that one."

"Why did you do that?"

  • "Because."
  • "Just because."
  • "So I wouldn't be late."
  • "To get it done."
  • "In order to finish on time."
  • "Because she was hitting me!"
  • "To stop the pain."

"What was that for?"

  • "He hit me, so I hit him back!"
  • "To get even."
  • "For all those times he cheated!"

"Why don't you go outside and play?"

  • "Because it's hot out!"
  • "Because I don't wanna!"
  • "I don't want to."
  • "But we like it in here."
  • "It's raining, and I left my raincoat at home."
  • "Why should we?"

(" 'Cause" rhymes with "buzz", not "paws".)

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