"due to"(Usage Disputes)
"Due to" meaning "caused by" is undisputedly correct in contexts where "due" can be construed as an adjective (e.g., "failure due to carelessness"). Its use in contexts where "due" is an adverb ("He failed due to carelessness") has been disputed. Fowler says that "_due to_ is often used by the illiterate as though it had passed, like _owing to_, into a mere compound preposition". But Fowler was writing in 1926; what hadn't happened then may well have happened by now.
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