Adverb? Preposition? Particle/Delimiter? Is there a recommended book where I can look up such questions? I couldn't find it in the New Penguin Russian Course book.

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It can play a role of either adverb (наречие) - in most of the cases - or, sometimes, conjunction ("союз") pretty much like it counterparts "поэтому", "потому" etc. You can find this information in any decent Russian dictionary.

Sometimes this kind of adverbs are called "местоименные наречия" - as opposed to so-called "знаменательные наречия".


It is an indicative pronoun (указательное местоимение), similar to это, то, того... "Оттого, что..." is a conjunction (союз).

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