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Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English:

It rains cause clouds form in the sky, and that happens cause of water vapor, and vapor forms cause of trees and forests.

Is this particular use of cause in place of because in danger of getting into the Standard English Dictionary? Do you think it is correct?

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    No--only in informal writing situations, like personal letters, texting, and Facebook conversations. That being said, I think it will happen eventually: The conjunction for began in OE as part of the phrase for þy, which in ME became for that, and in EMoDE just for. The word because has already been truncated from the ME phrase by cause that, so there's no reason to expect it not to follow the same path as for, becoming a monosyllabic conjunction. – Anonym May 20 '15 at 16:55
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    I should also mention that at least one of Shakespeare's plays uses 'cause, though I can't remember which; it's one of the co-written plays. – Anonym May 20 '15 at 16:57
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    @Anonym - I don't know why people insist on using Shakespeare as the formal standard of English. He was writing 400 years ago, half in poetry, made up half his words, slurred and contracted like a sailor, used singular 'they' and prepositions at the ends of sentences, and probably threw a shoe at a kitten. – Mitch May 20 '15 at 17:00
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    The Standard English Dictionary? Is that figurative? – snailplane May 20 '15 at 17:13
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    'Cause, @Mitch, he did more to form modern English than any other individual we know of. English is something like a popularity contest with the words as contestants, and Shakespeare's words won the popularity contest so decisively that we still use them. Cruelty against animals might become more popular if someone demonstrated that he actually did throw a shoe at a kitten ;-) – ScotM May 20 '15 at 17:17
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Cause can be said in different forms, such as "the cause of the forming of clouds". In your case, cause is used like an abbreviation, which is 'cause. So, 'cause is technically an abbreviation.

Hope this answers your question :)

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