I was doing my homework but I'm stuck on this exercise. The instructions say: Complete these sentences: (my answers are in brackets)
“Don’t be fool; the dog’s dancing was … the extremely hot pavement.” (due to)
“I came home earlier yesterday … I was too tired.” (because)
“It can’t be played ... infringements.” (because of)
"Royal Jelly is used … its natural healing properties". (because of)
“ … all of this, their freezer would be filled with ice cream and joy for years!” (because of)
“… the storm, this Easter we won’t have our picnic.” (because of)
“The damage was … the lack of motor oil.” (due to)
“Dialects in Italy vary …few kilometres of distance.” (because of)
“It seems they lost the match … the quarterback’s illness.” (because of)
“We can’t buy any ticket now … they’re sold out.” (because)
“I didn’t buy the eggs … you forgot to write it on the list!” (because)
“I’m not going on holiday… incoming taxes to pay.” (because of)
“We didn’t go out … the strike.” (because of)
“If I am still alive that is … him.” (because of)
“ … the bad weather, they can’t deliver until Monday!” (because of)
The options are: due to/on account of/because of/because/owing to.
I knew that "due to" as an adjective is mainly used after the verb "be" in sentences like "The cancellation of the concert was due to a heavy thunderstorm" whereas the others are prepositional phrases so the same sentence would be "The concert was cancelled owing to/on account of/because of a heavy thunderstorm".
But I'm a bit confused which one should I pick? Am I wrong about their usages?