Is there any significant difference between the following statements?
1. We should take the alternative route due to bad road condition.
2. We should take the alternative route owing to bad road condition.
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Owing to is adverbial
Example: "The match was postponed owing to the rain."
As 'Owing to' is adverbial, it refers to the verb 'postponed'. If you used the adjectival 'due to' it would have to refer to a noun, in this case the match - but the match was not due to the rain!
Due to is adjectival
Example: "There was an increase in the man's temper due to the poor English."
There is a noun 'increase' so that 'due to' can be properly used (it is adjectival, always referring back to a noun).
(We can say the same of "due to".)
S_s_sridharHai all,I don't know what it is but somehow both sounded odd to me. Perhaps, "due to" and "owing" have an implied tone of the past.
I would say: 1) We took the alternate route due to bad road condition.
2) Owing to the bad weather, we had to take the alternate route.
('S me. -- MM)
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