1. Due to lack of common sense, he cannot succeed in life.
  2. For lack of common sense, he cannot succeed in life.

How do both differ from each other? I believe I can use both of them in this sentence. Suggestions please.

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    Both can be used to mean because of. I think they can be used interchangeably in the sentence.
    – Khan
    Oct 9, 2015 at 8:01

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As @Khan says, yes they are both used in this sense as synonyms of because of and both sentences work.

In common speech, Because of would more likely be used. Due to would be appropriate for formal speech, while For is slightly more poetic.

But they certainly all mean exactly the same thing.

  • My book says in the sentence correction part that For should come in place of Due to . So, in general we can say both but grammatically there might be some difference. I am not sure what right now, but I will find out. Oct 9, 2015 at 16:41

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