Regarding the following construction

Lengthy literature survey is mainly caused for this extension.

I would like to ask:

  1. Do I correctly use "cause" in above sentence?

  2. What is the general rule when using "cause"?

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    I think you are using "caused for" where you should use "due to". – user114 Apr 8 '13 at 19:43

1 No - your current sentence is ungrammatical. You probably should use because instead of cause

The main reason I need an extension is because the literature survey took so long.

If you want to keep the word cause, you can use the slightly more stilted

The lengthy literature survey caused me to need an extension.

2 Use of the word cause is given in the dictionary:

Cause Noun

A person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition.


Make (something) happen: "this disease can cause blindness".

  • that mean, cause doesnt want to use with 'to'? – gnp Apr 8 '13 at 20:08
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    Another possibility, though more roundabout, is "The lengthy literature survey is the main cause for this extension." – barbara beeton Apr 8 '13 at 20:13
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    @gnp: Not exactly. As a noun, cause behaves like the noun reason. So the fire in my kitchen gave me cause to shout for help is fine. As a verb, cause normally takes the form "X caused Y" or "X caused Y to Z" for example: My toaster caused a fire to start in my kitchen. – Matt Apr 8 '13 at 20:14
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    +1 for stating that noun cause behaves like reason. My book 'Oxford English Grammar' is also stating the exact same thing. – EnglishLearner Apr 8 '13 at 20:42

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