I would like to ask which words can be used instead of thanks to in such as sentences that carry affirmative connotation as in the following.

I am successful now thanks to my friend, who has been always kind to me.

Especially what I am asking is which ones are suitable for affirmative sentences : owing to, due to, because of,for the sake of, on account of or other words

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For the sake of means something different (that you became successful for your friend's benefit). Your other options all mean roughly the same thing as thanks to in this context.

Other than thanks to, I'd say on account of carries the most positive connotation.

  • Thanks..so it is about context ?
    – Mrt
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 21:29
  • What is about context? The positive connotation?
    – Jacktose
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 21:30
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    I would not be suprised if I hear : I was failed because of you , but does it sound ok if someone says " I was successful at the exam because of you"
    – Mrt
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 21:31
  • yes the positive connotation
    – Mrt
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 21:32
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    Yes it does. In my opinion, owing to, due to, and because of are neutral. They just state that one thing helped cause the other. Thanks to connotes positivity, like thanking someone for the help. You could say “I failed, thanks to you” but I would say that's a sarcastic usage. On account of is also mostly neutral, I think. You could say “We had to close the business on account of bad investments” or “The business succeeded on account of good investments.” These are all based on what I think when I hear them, so yes, it's definitely about context and maybe some personal preference.
    – Jacktose
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 21:38

I am successful now because of my friend. The other words like owing to, on account of etc., needs some other words to fill the sentence.

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