Is the following sentence grammatical?

This is because of your computer not being connected to the Internet.

If this is not, what's the proper structure for using verb + ing after of (especially "because of")?

  • I think it's syntactically valid, but Andrew Lott's suggestions are the more commonly used patterns. Nov 11 '15 at 0:42
  • @SenjougaharaHitagi I disagree. I think the OP's sentence is fine, if not superior. Nov 11 '15 at 14:04

In this case, you'd be better off saying one of the following:

This is because your computer is not connected to the Internet.


This is due to your computer not being connected to the Internet.

The first sentence simplifies the point and removes potential grammar mistakes.

This page has a breakdown explaining the difference between the word pairs "because of" and "due to" which helps in the second example. Basically, "because of" grew up as an adverb & "due to" grew up as an adjective. "This" is then the noun modified by the prepositional phrase.

  • Structurally [This is because of] + [Noun phrase] is valid syntax, and "your computer not being connected to the Internet" is a noun phrase. But I agree your suggestions sound more natural, because they are more commonly used. Nov 11 '15 at 0:43

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