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I found "due to A or due to B" in a book.

Can I use "due to A or B" instead of "due to A or due to B"?

If so, which one is better?

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The two expressions are equivalent.

Reasons to use the longer would include emphasis, cadence, or sometimes in a complex sentence it might eliminate ambiguity.

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A little caution is needed in your interpretation here. The author may be trying to distinguish between 'or' and 'xor', the exclusive or.

Logically, A or B implies one of: A, B, (A and B)

while A xor B implies one of: A, B.

Context should tell you what the author intends, but sometimes it doesn't.

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At least to me, the longer form "Due to A or due to B" has more of an exclusive feel that the short form. –  David Schwartz Mar 20 '12 at 16:16
Yes, the phrasing itself is a bit of a flag that something special might be going on. –  Wayfaring Stranger Mar 20 '12 at 16:21
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