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Q) I was wondering if "for" in the last sentence can simply be replaced with because.

As far as I know, "for" has a because meaning when it is used with another cluase, but that sentence is very unfamiliar to me.
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moon7296 I was wondering if "for" in the last sentence can simply be replaced with because.
That would give you the same meaning. Yes.

However, the punctuation rules are such that you'd have to join the resulting because-clause to the preceding clause.

Actually, to be correctly punctuated, even this for-clause should be connected to the preceding sentence with a comma in between.

CJ
Hello Mr.Jim.

Actually, to be correctly punctuated, even this for-clause should be connected to the preceding sentence with a comma in between.
I'd like to ask you one thing.
I have known the coordinate clauses like 'and', 'or', 'but', 'yet', so', or 'for' come after a period.
So I'd like to know whether my knowledge is wrong.
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park sang joonI have known the coordinate clauses like 'and', 'or', 'but', 'yet', so', or 'for' come after a period.
Much of what you read on punctuation in the style manuals is regularly ignored by real-world writers. Emotion: smile

CJ
Thank you, Mr.Jim for your valuable advice. Emotion: smile
But, if the former clause is so long, I think we may as well start new sentence for 'for' clause after period.
What do you think about this?
park sang joonBut, if the former clause is so long, I think we may as well start a new sentence for the 'for' clause after the period.
That seems to be a reasonable approach.

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CJ
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You can't use 'because' after a period.