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Casual vs. Causal

This article will help the readers understand the 2 similar looking words. Examples and situations are provided to enhance the reading experience and to make the meaning and usage as clear as possible.

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  Ramya Shankar  —  Grammar Tips
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Casual

·        to not take something very seriously. Example – he has a very casual attitude towards work.

·        Something thats not permanent – example, a relationship – “we are in a casual relationship.”

·        Relaxed or not formal – for example – you can wear casual shoes to office on Friday.

Some more examples

·        It was a casual remark. Don’t brood over it.

·        It is not nice to take your exams casually. You need to be more focussed.

·        The interviewers tried to be as casual and friendly as possible.

Cause and causal

Cause is the reason or source for something to happen. For example, the cause of air pollution is vehicle emission.

Causal is an adjective form of cause (noun), which means something that acts as a cause. For e.g., the causal factors for air pollution are industrial smoke, emission from vehicles and deforestation.

So, we can say that causal is something that comes from a cause and indicates some kind of link (between cause and effect). It means the same as ‘because’ or ‘therefore’.

More examples

·        There is a causal connection between parenting and a child’s behaviour.

·        We saw a causal development of facts in the meeting. One thing led to other and so on.

Casual vs. Causal

Causal statements

These give relation between cause and effect. Example

·        This child is addicted to phone because their parents are always on the phone.

·        The meeting was fruitful because a lot of positive decisions were made.

Some popular terms that use this word are – causal analysis, causal argument, causal chain and so on.

Causality

This is an abstract principle that there is a reason (cause) for everything that happens. Example, You are taking unnecessary stress. There is no causality between the two events.

Casualty

Casualty is said to be a person killed in an accident or war. For example,

·        Our army suffered numerous casualties because of war.

·        A casualty has been reported from the earthquake site.

 

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