I'd like to know the difference between 'for' and 'because.'

He stayed at home, for it was raining hard.

Can I substitute 'because' for 'for'?

Thank you so much in advance. ^^
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Yes, you can.
I see a lot of learners use "for" instead of "because"... I wonder why they've been taught that way. It's ok, but I don't know how much it's used, apart from in the Bible.

- Hey dude, go get me a screwdriver, for I wanna try to fix rhis damn lawn mower...
- For what? Man, are you stoned?

Don't use "for" there, LOL
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Is this my perception, or it's actually real ? 'For" is more of the British use and "because" is more of the AmE. My cousin in HK uses "for" for "Because" in her e-mails a lot. To me "for" has a tendency to confuse the context. I'd personally avoid using "for" for "becaUSE".
In modern, everyday, UK English it would be extremely unusual to use 'for' in this way. Personally, I'd use 'because' in all of the sample sentences. I can't really imagine anyone actually saying it. Perhaps if we lived in a Jane Austen novel...
He stayed at home, for it was raining hard. (If you use 'for' to mean 'because' you need to put a comma before 'for' as in the above sentence.)
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Maybe the confusion is in the translation of "because" and "for" ("for" also meaning "wegen" - which you wouldn´t only find in the Bible).

Woman mugged for $ 5.

Some pupils translate: Woman mugged because of $5.

So, what is the difference here?
I'd say that the use of for has something to offer in how a statement sounds when spoken, or written. I use both, but for has a certain poetic and precise quality about it which comes across nicely.

"I stayed in because it was raining."
"I stayed in the for the fact that it was raining."

It might not fit your own personal style but it saying a bit more.
I've seen a lot of use of "for" instead os "because" while reading "Alice in Wonderland" and found it very curious.
so I found this forum! Emotion: rofl Thanks for the question and the answers, though.
I've also noticed that this use of "for" apears usualy after an interruption the narrator makes in Alice's sentence. For example:
" 'I'm sure I'm not Ada,' she said, for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn't go in ringlets at all!' "

Is this use wright as they said, with the use of the comma before "for"?

thanks a lot!
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