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In this Spanish lesson we are going to see the Spanish Causal Conjunctions Por, Porque, Debido a, A causa a, Como, Ya que, Dado que, and Puesto que. A Causal Conjunction such as Porque (Because) introduces a statement describing the cause of something. Traditionally, Conjunctions are used to connect words or groups of words in a sentence. However, modern usage in both Spanish and English, also sees conjunctions used at the beginning of a sentence to join it with a previous sentence. It is important to know lots of conjunctions and exactly how to use them in order to construct nice flowing sentences and not lots of short broken statements. I recommend writing lots of example sentences to practice these Causal Conjunctions with all the key Spanish grammar structures you have already learned in the course. Try also to piece them into your conversation. I hope you are getting lots of practice now speaking with advanced Spanish students or, even better, native Spanish speakers. I am always available if you fancy starting some live online Spanish classes to practice your conversation skills or brush up on your grammar knowledge. Please click here for more details.

Lesson notes:

Por + infinitive/noun/adjective:

Ha ganado la lotería por comprar muchos boletos: He won the lottery by buying many tickets
Se casó con ella por amor: He married her for love
Ha ganado la lotería por listo: He won the lottery by being clever

Porque/debido a (que), a causa de (que), como + indicativo:

Te lo ha dicho porque quiere ayudarte: He told you because he wants to help you
Como llovió, no fuimos a la playa: As it rained, we didn´t go to the beach

Ya que, dado que, puesto que + indicativo (you suppose that the other person knows the cause):

Ya que has venido, ayúdanos a cocinar, por favor: As you have come, help us to cook, please
Dado que no han llegado todos, aplazaremos la reunión: As they haven’t all arrived, we will postpone the meeting
Puesto que lo sabes, debes tomar una decisión: As you know, you must make a decision

Porque + indicativo / no porque + subjuntivo:

Voy a esa reunión porque me obligan, no porque me apetezca: I am going to that meeting because I am obliged to, not because I want to

Activity:

Make your own sentences using the following words…

Ya que
Por
Porque / no porque
Como

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Ven a casa en cuanto termines el trabajo
Verán la tele después de que coman
Es mejor si haces una lista antes de que hagas la compra

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