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Due to the continual rain, a smaller number of spectators [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 00:04
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Due to the continual rain, a smaller number of spectators witnessed the game than had been expected.

a) ~

b) Due to the continuous rain, a smaller number

c) Due to the continual rain, a lesser number

d) Because of the rain that kept falling now and then, a smaller number

e) Because of the continual rain, a smaller number

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I could easily eliminate (c) and (d).

Can someone explain how to narrow it down further?
What are adverbial clauses? And what are the rules associated with them?

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 00:07
Sorry. I meant "what are adverbial modifiers?" not "what are adverbial clauses?".

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Re: SC from Barrons [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 00:15
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Due to the continual rain, a smaller number of spectators witnessed the game than had been expected.

a) ~

b) Due to the continuous rain, a smaller number

c) Due to the continual rain, a lesser number

d) Because of the rain that kept falling now and then, a smaller number

e) Because of the continual rain, a smaller number

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I could easily eliminate (c) and (d).

Can someone explain how to narrow it down further?
What are adverbial clauses? And what are the rules associated with them?

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I go with E.

'Due to' is improper to start a sentence. A,B, C are out.
E is more compact than D
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 00:28
We can do a split here: continuous vs continual. Both are correct, continual and continuos are synomous. (From merriam-webster online)

(C) is wrong-- use lesser for uncountable nouns
(D) is out --lenthy and the use of 'now and then' suggests sporadic rainfall, when the original sentence meant constant rainfall

I recall from Grammar class that it's improper to start with Because. I've never anything about 'due to'. So I'll take E out as well.

Between A and B, I'll go with B. Continuos rains sounds much better than Continual rain.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 05:38
E is obvious answer.
'Due to' has favorable meaning but in reality rain impeded to smth...
D is wordy. E is concise and clear.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 06:11
(B)...isn't there a rule that Due to should be followed by a clause and Because of should be followed by phrase?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 08:44
It's incorrect to use "due to" to create a prepositional phrase in a verbless cluase.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:12
I did not like any of the answer choices.. I would prefer "fewer than" for the comparison since Spectators is countable Noun.

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"Due to" is not preferred at te begining of the sentence and (D) is wordy, we are left with (E)..
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 19:32
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Can you throw some light here?

OA is E.

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