be the cause

See: generate
References in classic literature ?
It is impossible to feel sure th at she may not be the cause of some public scandal this time, which may affect her innocent sister as well as herself.
But when symptoms persist for an extended period, a complete examination is essential to investigate the possibility that one of these less common but more serious entities might be the cause. In this article, we describe two interesting cases of unusual paranasal sinus tumors that had been diagnosed at a very late stage.
A neurological problem occurring in the foot or ankle, and even from the lumbar spine, may be the cause of the nocturnal cramps.