Hello, teachers!
[1] Is there any difference or preference?
1. They didn't give him the job because his experience was insufficient.
2. Because his experience was insufficient, they didn't give him the job.
[2] Can we also use these adverbial phrases instead.
1. because of his insufficient experience
2. because of his lack of experience
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Sentence 1 is ambiguous. It could mean that the reason for his not getting the job was that he didn't have enough experience. If this is the case, a comma is desirable:

They didn't give him the job, because his experience was insufficient.

In Sentence 1 boith statements are "new" information.

Sentence 1 could also mean that his not having enough experience wasn't the reason--that there was a different reason.

They didn't give him the job because his experience was insufficient; it was because he was sloppily dressed for the interview

In Sentence 2 we already know that they didn't give him the job. We assume that it was because he didn't have enough experience, and the speaker is correcting our assumption.

Sentence 2 is not ambiguous.

Either "because of his insufficient experience" or "because of his lack of experience" is OK. Also: "because he lacked sufficient /enough experience."

Marilyn Martin

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