I'm not even sure whether there is existence of such phrasal verb in English or not. But probably native speakers can help me out with this.

  • All of your friend's problems are due to his recent divorce.

  • All of your friend's problems _____ [back/down] to his recent divorce.

Note: I guess I saw a phrasal verb with exactly this meaning but unfortunately can't remember it. Back/ down are just two guesses for the possibly preposition part.

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    Stem from? Arise out of? Can be traced back to?
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 10:52
  • Nice suggestions, @ColinFine. Appreciate it. The one I'm looking for somehow in some ways sounds like "Come back"or "Return back". I know these 2 are completely out but I guess they can slightly imply that the reasons all together emanates from sth specific. By the way, I know using of those 2 phrasal verbs are just my made-up usages but I mentioned them as a shot in the dark to somehow help you find what I'm looking for as a hint..
    – S Ped
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 15:55
  • @ColinFine I found sth via google. Please let me know if it sounds good to a native speaker : "..There are so many reasons why—I could write a post on each one of them—but I think all of the reasons come back to a simple fact: this New Yorker fell in love with a country boy.." . The author in the context which exactly seems like mine has used "Come back". ivyleagueinsecurities.com/aidan-donnelley-rowley-2/2012/10/…
    – S Ped
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 16:04
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    Although it's not the most common of phrases, come back could certainly be used here. A similar phrase that's sometimes used is let's circle back to your first point. (But it wouldn't normally be used in your sentence.) Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 16:46
  • Tnx a lot @JasonBassford. I really needed someone to approve this. The one you mention sounds meaningful in my own language and I really know what it means and how it works! Thanks for sharing it! At the end I'd be completely glad if u suggest me a word instead of what I wrote in bold few line before!
    – S Ped
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 12:39

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stem from TFD an idiom

stem from (something) To come, result, or develop from something else.

As in:

All of your friend's problems stem from his recent divorce.


Bring on - Doesn't exactly mean 'due to', but to cause something (usually bad) to happen.

Example sentences:

  • His cold brought on an asthma attack.

  • All of his friends problems were brought on by his recent divorce.


I think the phrasal verb come down to (something) may be what you're looking for. From Collins Dictionary:

If a problem, decision, or question comes down to a particular thing, that thing is the most important factor involved.
The problem comes down to money.
I think that it comes down to the fact that people do feel very dependent on their automobiles.

There may be connotations of the underlying reason being hidden in the sense that there are other apparent factors "over" the underlying thing that those factors "come down to".


This is really a 'cause and effect' question. Cause & Effect Words. There are many ways to connect a root cause to a resulting effect. One of the most important cautions in using them correctly is to not over generalize.

Making generic & blanket statements can appear you're promoting false conclusions. "Of all your friend's problems, getting a divorce seems to effect him the most." relates to the specific cause/effect of the divorce.

All of your friend's problems are due to his recent divorce.

There may be hidden reasons at the source of several issues, and some can have a greater effect than others, but, making a singular statement of cause (All of your friend's problems are due...) comes off as either arrogant, or misinformed, or both.

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