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1. The team's success was due to her efforts.

2. The team's success was because of her efforts.

3. The team's success was thanks to her efforts.
[Can we use all the expressions? Are they the same?]

4. I have to drop by the bank to make a savings deposit.

5. I have to drop in the bank to make a savings deposit.

6. I have to drop into the bank to make a savings deposit.
[Can we use 'by,' 'in', and 'into' interchangeably without changing the meaning?]

asked by rfvv
  1. 2 is far better than 1 -- "because" is clearly setting up a cause-and-result idea in sentence 2. The word "due" has a different meaning (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/due?s=t ) although you'll hear and read this phrasing quite a bit. It just doesn't have the same cause-and-result meaning that "because" does.

    3 is OK, yes.

    I'd use 4 and 6; I wouldn't use 5 unless "in" were followed by "at."

    posted by Writeacher

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