Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary couldn’t get away from their grandchildren, and this is why they
didn’t make it to the opening night of the new theater performance.
a) Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary couldn’t get away from their grandchildren, and this is why they couldn’t
b) The grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary wouldn’t let them go, so this is the reason
c) The fact that Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary didn’t want to leave their grandchildren is the reason why they didn’t
d) This being the reason why Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary didn’t want to leave their grandchildren and couldn’t
e) The problem was that Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary couldn’t leave their grandchildren and that is why they hadn’t
With all due respect to CMcAboy
, I disagree. I would say the best answer by far is (A).
(A) direct, no grammatical problem --- I don't know where CMcAboy
thinks a "that" is required. The second part could be "this is why" or "that is why" --- either is perfectly fine.
(B) "this is the reason" --- first of all, this one would require a "that" or "why" after the word "reason". Also, way too wordy and indirect.
(C) "the fact that" + "the reason that" --- both clauses are indirect --- that's the kiss of death on GMAT SC. Direct and powerful is what the GMAT wants.
(D) "this being the reason why" --- putridly wrong
(E) "the problem was that" + "that is why they" --- both clause indirect, so again, this can't possibly be right.
Does all this make sense?
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