Grammar / Expressing the cause

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How to express the cause in French with “pour” and “parce que”?
To express a cause, a reason or a motivation, we use “pour” or “parce que/qu'”. 

These words have the same meaning, but not the same construction:
  • Pour” is followed...
    • by a name: J'apprends le français pour le travail
    • by a verb in the infinitive: Il habite en France pour travailler.
  • Parce que/qu'*” is followed by a sentence (subject + conjugated verb): J'apprends le français parce que j'aime cette langue.
* We use “parce qu'” before a word starting with a vowel: ... parce qu'il aime le football.

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