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If it wasn't for the view, this would be a lovely room

and

If it wasn't because of the view,...

Which one should I use? Are they different from each other

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  • for = because. "7. As a result of; because of: jumped for joy."; conj. Because; since. thefreedictionary.com/for – Kris Nov 29 '13 at 7:47
  • However, here it's used more in the idiomatic sense of the but for Idiom: but for Were it not for: except for: We would have reached the summit but for the weather. – Kris Nov 29 '13 at 7:53
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    Here’s another example: ‘Oh! it really is a wery pretty garden / And Chingford to the Eastward could be seen / Wiv a ladder and some glasses / You could see to 'Ackney Marshes / If it wasn't for the 'ouses in between.’ – Barrie England Nov 29 '13 at 8:00
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    Use "for". You can use "wasn't because" in sentences like: "Nobody ever returned to the Paradise Hotel. If it wasn't because of the insects, it was because of the food." – Peter Shor Nov 29 '13 at 14:14
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The correct choice is "for":

If it wasn't for the view, this would be a lovely room.

It is also common to use "weren't":

And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!

The alternative of using "because of" is typically only used as such:

Because of the view, this is a lovely room.

I got away with it because of you meddling kids!

To phrase your original example this way, it would be:

Because of the view, this isn't a lovely room.

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