Word for Wednesday: Because

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for 2023 is tricky spelling words. This year, after sharing the definition and etymology of each week’s word, we will end every blog post with some tips and tricks to help you spell it.

Last week we looked at the word beautiful and today's word is because.

The word because is used to introduce an explanation or a reason. 

Here is because used in some example sentences: 

  • I got full marks on my spelling test because I did the Learn the Words practice activities. 
  • She was cold because she forgot her coat. 
  • We were late for school because the alarm clock didn’t go off.

The word because dates to the late-fourteenth century and comes from the phrases by cause that or by cause why which were used to introduce the reason for something. By cause became bi cause which later became because. The word because has been shortened to cause since the mid-fifteenth century. 

Learn more about other be- words in Spellzone Unit 7: Long vowels and other common errors in Spellzone Unit 18: Irregular common words.

Don’t forget the classic classroom trick for spelling this word: Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants.


08 Mar 2023
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