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A friend asked me about the difference between due to and because.

These phrases mean, in one sense, the same. Due to can mean because of or owing to.

EXAMPLES: He had to withdraw due to a knee injury. He had to withdraw because of a knee injury.

But due to can also mean attributable to. EXAMPLE: Give unto Caesar what is due to Caesar.

Due to can also mean likely or expected to. EXAMPLE: The new mall is due to open in December.

In the last two instances, we cannot use because of.

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary

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