Quick answer
"Debido a" is a phrase which is often translated as "because of", and "porque" is a conjunction which is often translated as "because". Learn more about the difference between "debido a" and "porque" below.
debido a(
deh
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bee
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doh
 
ah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to indicate cause)
a. because of
Marta trabaja hoy desde casa debido a la huelga de transporte público.Marta is working from home today because of the public transport strike.
b. due to
Algunas carreteras se han cerrado debido a las malas condiciones climáticas.Some roads have been closed due to bad weather conditions.
c. owing to
Hubo un malentendido entre el abogado y su cliente debido a una mala traducción del intérprete.There was a misunderstanding between the attorney and his client owing to a bad translation by the interpreter.
d. on account of
Pedro lleva ya meses sin trabajar debido a una lesión de columna.Pedro has been off sick for months now on account of a backbone injury.
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porque(
pohr
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keh
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (indicating cause)
a. because
Mi hermano está triste porque no ganó el concurso.My brother is upset because he did not win the contest.
2. (indicating a result)
a. that
Reza porque tu mamá no se entere.Pray that your mother doesn't find out.
b. so that
Porque podamos ir de viaje, tenemos que sacar nuestros pasaportes.So that we can go on a trip, we need to get our passports.
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