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If we should not start sentences with " due to " , why should this sentence be right - " Due to wet leaves on the line , this train will arrive an hour late " ?

It 's a sample sentence from the Cambridge dictionary of English !

I know that due to can be substituted with ' as a result of ' , ' because of ' .
I need to know if this sentence is symantically correct or not - " ...then an economy
can develop due to a booming tourism industry . "

As I know , ' due to ' generally is used for disapproving something . Should I replace due to with
because of in the above sentence ?
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I did check that thread . I couldn't find a way to post a reply in that thread . That's why I've created a new thread .
Hello Nayeem

'Due to' is now commonly used as a synonym for 'because of', especially in public service announcements. This is probably why the Cambridge dictionary included it.

When 'due to' is preceded by the verb 'to be' ('the delay was due to wet leaves on the line'), there is no objection.

But when 'due to' is used as in your sample sentence, some people will object, for the reasons laid out in the other 'Due to' thread.

In your 'tourism' sentence, 'due to' would fall into the second category: some people would object.

So if you want your reader to pay attention to the content, rather than the grammar, it's probably best to avoid it.

That said, I would prefer 'as a result of' or 'because of' in your sentence anyway, because they sound better, in context!

MrP