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ので [ので] (node)
    Meaning: because, and
    JLPT Level: 4
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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ex #481   彼の話はあまりにも馬鹿げていたので誰も信じなかった。 
His story was too ridiculous for anyone to believe.  
ex #482   このように平易な英語で書かれているので、この本は初心者に役立つ。 
Written as it is in plain English, this book is useful for beginners.  
ex #483   彼はお金に困っていたので、昨日スーパーマーケットで万引きを働いた。 
He was hard up for money and so lifted goods in a supermarket yesterday.  
ex #5695   風邪をひいたので学校に行かない 
I won't go to school because I cought a cold  

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AmatukaThis is one of the weaker 'because' words, if you see what I mean. 
AmatukaIn other words, the causal relationship isn't always spelled out in obvious terms in translations of sentences with 'node', hence the 'and' option. 
dcnode is almost a connector between phrases, whereas karaniha is much stronger. 
MikiBut you cannot replace 'node' with 'karaniha'. Please see kara.  
GenkiGuyex #483 - Can 'node' also mean 'Since' in this context? "He shoplifted goods in a supermarket yesterday since he was hard up for money." 
dci changed that ex slightly.
reason "and" result
doesnt really express causality.
reason "and so" result
is better
bamboo4You can use "because," too. level 3grammar point.its not a part in level 4  

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