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Cos 因为

Question and Answer: What's the meaning of cos?

This week's question comes from Lok and they want to know what the word cos means.

Quite simply it is a short form of the word because. Native English speakers often shorten this word, no doubt because it's easier to do that. Words are joined together or shortened a lot when native speakers talk so it's good to be able to look out for these things to help understand English better.

England footballer David Beckham
Everyone uses cos in English, even the rich and famous!

So basically any time you want to say because in a sentence, you can just say cos (which is sometimes spelt 'cause).

You might hear this more in informal situations like a group of friends talking together. However, you find that British people are often quite informal in formal situations, so you may hear cos used in more formal settings.

Listen to our programme which explains a lot more about this word. You'll find out that even famous people use cos a lot!

Thank you Lok for your question. If you have a question about the English language, send us an email at questions.chinaelt@bbc.co.uk.

Glossary 词汇

a short form

native English speakers


no doubt

to look out for

a sentence


formal settings

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