What is the difference between since and because?

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Since is a synonym of because.


In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between since and because

is that since is (obsolete) when or that while because is (obsolete) so that, in order that {{defdate|15th-17th c}}.

As adverbs the difference between since and because

is that since is from a specified time in the past while because is (archaic) for the reason (that ).

As conjunctions the difference between since and because

is that since is from the time that while because is by or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.

As a preposition since

is from (time).

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since

English

Adverb

(-)
  • From a specified time in the past.
  • Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • From (time).
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    Antonyms
    * until

    Conjunction

    (English Conjunctions)
  • From the time that.
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  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Simson Garfinkel)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Digital Forensics , passage=Since the 1980s, computers have had increasing roles in all aspects of human life—including an involvement in criminal acts. This development has led to the rise of digital forensics, the uncovering and examination of evidence located on all things electronic with digital storage, including computers, cell phones, and networks.}}
  • Because.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , section=chapter 20 citation , passage=The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen.
  • (obsolete) When or that.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Do you remember since we lay all night in the windmill in St. George's field?

    Statistics

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    Anagrams

    * nices, 1000 English basic words ----

    because

    English

    Alternative forms

    * 'cause, cos, cuz, coz, 'cos, 'cuz, 'coz,

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (archaic) For the reason (that ).
  • * 1611 , Authorized King James Version of Genesis 2:3:
  • And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  • On account (of''), for sake (''of ).
  • I ruined my life because of you!
  • Derived terms

    * because of * just because

    Conjunction

    (English Conjunctions)
  • By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“Perhaps it is because I have been excommunicated. It's absurd, but I feel like the Jackdaw of Rheims.”  ¶ She winced and bowed her head. Each time that he spoke flippantly of the Church he caused her pain.}}
  • As is known, inferred, or determined from the fact that.
  • (obsolete) So that, in order that.
  • *, II.3.2:
  • Simonset the house on fire where he was born, because nobody should point at it.

    Synonyms

    * (for the reason that) therefore, since, for, for that, forthy, for sake, forwhy, as, inasmuch as, (mathematics symbol)

    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • * 2012' October 20, "D.F. Manno" (username), ''GOP deadbeat dad: No abortion exceptions '''because SCIENCE!'', in alt.fan.cecil-adams, ''Usenet
  • * 2013' November 19, Megan Garber, ''English Has a New Preposition, '''Because Internet :
  • Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."
    Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.
  • * 2013 December 6, (Donald Glover) ((Childish Gambino)), (Because the Internet)
  • Derived terms

    * because reasons

    Statistics

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    References

    * Glossa'', volume 17 (1997), page 175: cf. Emonds 1976:175 on the analysis of Modern English ''because as a preposition introducing a clause 200 English basic words