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Do normal native English speakers say The problem is/was due to the increased amount of traffic.?

In general, I would like to know if is/was due to is a common expression or there's a more natural one?

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I am not a native English speaker. To me, the phrase "is/was due/owing to increased amount of traffic", though grammatically correct, is not easy on the ear in spoken English. Instead, I'll say "because of a lot of/heavy/huge traffic".

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  • due is an adjective, appropriately applied here to a noun (problem). It's grating to some of us purists when applied to a clause rather than a noun (“We got here late due to traffic”); there, we prefer because of. Feb 22 at 3:57

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