Tolearnenglish.com gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘because of vs because ’
Because of and because are both used to introduce reasons.
(a) Because of is a preposition, it is generally followed by a verb + ing or a noun
Because of feeling sick, Maria didn’t go to the supermarket.
In this example, ‘feeling sick’ is the verb+ing.
(b) Because is a conjunction, it is followed by a subject and a verb
Because Maria was feeling sick, she didn’t go to the supermarket
In this example, ‘Maria’ is the the subject and ‘was feeling’ is the verb
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