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Can “because” be used as a preposition?

I live in Asia. I’m inter­ested in English gram­mar. May I ask you a ques­tion? The word “because,” in stan­dard English usage, is a sub­or­di­nat­ing con­junc­tion. I hear some peo­ple use the “because” as if it were a prepo­si­tion. I was won­der­ing if you agreed to this usage.

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  1. Thank you for writ­ing. Currently, it appears that (in dic­tio­nar­ies), “because” is only used as a sub­or­di­nat­ing conjunction.

    However, there is a trend (it is more an Internet trend than a U.S. trend), to use the word as a prepo­si­tion.
    Here is an arti­cle from a very respected U.S. mag­a­zine: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/english-has-a-new-preposition-because-internet/281601/

    You will not that it says the word is expe­ri­enc­ing a “delight­ful evo­lu­tion.” This is a nice way to sug­gest that it is not nec­es­sar­ily pop­u­lar with all lev­els of cul­ture. This usage will most often be found in social media mes­sages and posts. It may (or may not) find its way to being accepted in some dic­tio­nar­ies. At this point it is used in a relaxed, casual way. Crunched. Abbreviated.

    Therefore, peo­ple using the word “because” as a prepo­si­tion would need to be aware of the audi­ence, just as all writ­ers should do.

    Take, for exam­ple, the word “word.” It has always had a num­ber of mean­ings, but recently dic­tio­nar­ies added another mean­ing: American Heritage Dictionary (http://www.ahdictionary.com) says, “Slang Used to express approval or an affir­ma­tive response to something.”

    So a per­son makes a state­ment, and the per­son lis­ten­ing agrees by say­ing, “Word.”

    That’s it. One word gives con­fir­ma­tion to the speaker.

    You might find value in the NetLingo site. It has been part of the Internet for many years and appears very trust­wor­thy. http://www.netlingo.com/

    The U.S. (like other cul­tures) has many lev­els of lan­guage usage, from casual to extremely for­mal. And because of tex­ting, Twitter, and other rea­sons to abbre­vi­ate, we have what seems to be another lan­guage being shaped as we speak.

    Why? Because Internet.

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