cause collocations and examples

 UK /kɔːz/

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a person or thing that makes something happen

Adjectives frequently used with cause
main or important: common, main, major, number-one informal, primary, prime, principalThe food we eat has become a major cause of ill health and early death, especially among the poor.exact: actual, exact, preciseThe exact cause of the condition is not known.basic: fundamental, real, root, underlyingUntil the root cause of the war is correctly identified, the situation remains hopeless.possible: likely, possible, probableThe most likely cause of the accident was engine failure.additional: contributory, secondaryDriver error is found to be a contributory cause in over 90 % of accidents.single: only, single, soleAvoiding milk will only help if milk is the sole cause of the allergy.that can be avoided: avoidable, preventableSmoking is the single most common preventable cause of premature death and disability.known/unknown: known, not known, unknownThe cause of the fire is not yet known.
Verbs frequently used with cause
ascertain, determine, diagnose, discover, establish, examine, identify, investigate, pinpointA research team has been investigating the causes of large numbers leaving the teaching profession.
Verbs that frequently follow cause
be: lie inThe root cause of her unhappiness lies in her childhood experiences.

the reason for particular feelings or behaviour

Adjectives frequently used with cause
good, just, reasonableThe film has been forgotten for two decades, with good cause.

Usage note

You can also say that something happens not without good cause to say that it happens for a good reason: Old Trafford is known to Manchester United supporters as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ – and not without good cause.

Verbs frequently used with cause
find, give, haveThe most recent developments have given cause for celebration and optimism.
Nouns frequently used after cause for
alarm, anxiety, celebration, complaint, concern, optimism, suspicionLucily it turned out that there was no cause for concern.

an aim or idea that you work for

Adjectives frequently used with cause
worth supporting: charitable, deserving, good, just, noble, worthwhile, worthyThe annual event helps support many local worthy causes.

Usage note

You can also say that something is all in a good cause or all for a good cause: So, not only are there celebs, freebies and musical delights, it’s also all in a good cause.

not worth supporting: hopeless, lostYou can never give up or think of anything as a hopeless cause.

Verbs frequently used with cause
advance, champion, espouse, further, promote, supportWe should all be seeking ways to advance the cause of peace.
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