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Of all the musicians who attended Juilliard School, YO-YO MA is maybe the more prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging repertoire.

A) is probably the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging
B) Is maybe the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large because of his wide-ranging


Ok, so the correct answer is A.

well, I am confused because A is correct because of using "probably", but the second part is wrong because of "due to".

Where the first part of B is wrong "may be", and the second part is correct "using because instead of due to"

so both choices have something wrong.

Due to is a wordy expression, isn't it?

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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 06:56
Due to is wordy but it is gramatically correct. 'Probably' is correct expression compared to 'maybe'. In sentence correction first we have to pick gramatically correct expression. If many sentences are gramatically correct then the wordy ones have to be eliminated.
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 10:04
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Due to is wordy but it is gramatically correct. 'Probably' is correct expression compared to 'maybe'. In sentence correction first we have to pick gramatically correct expression. If many sentences are gramatically correct then the wordy ones have to be eliminated.


Sorry I am not satisfied by this explanation :(

Can any one explain it in detail??
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 11:02
maybe meaning perhaps is "normally" too informal for standard writing English. I don't think there is a single official GMAT problem that contains maybe in the correct answer choice. I searched for the word in the OG12 and it only appears twice in incorrect answer choices. So I'd say that its used is not correct.

Regarding the use of "due to". It's been argued that "due" should be used only as an adjective or when it can be replace by "caused by". However, I've been looking for an official definition by an authority and I haven't found any. If someone can post something I'd appreciate it.

IMO due to is not a wordy expression and you can find it quite a few times in the OG, so I guess that its used is correct.
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 11:12
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Of all the musicians who attended Juilliard School, YO-YO MA is maybe the more prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging repertoire.

A) is probably the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging
B) Is maybe the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large because of his wide-ranging


Ok, so the correct answer is A.

well, I am confused because A is correct because of using "probably", but the second part is wrong because of "due to".

Where the first part of B is wrong "may be", and the second part is correct "using because instead of due to"

so both choices have something wrong.

Due to is a wordy expression, isn't it?

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The wordy expression is "due to the fact that". Due to is OK
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2009, 11:01
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2 differences in the 2 choices, both justify an explanation.
Firstly, lets take probably VS maybe

probably is used when it is likely to be "true" to happen
maybe is used when there is an "element of doubt" and its not for sure.

in the above sentence the writer is not showing any doubt but stating a point here, hence probably is right.

albeit subtle there is difference between due to and because of

cutting it short due to = caused by
and because of = on account of

j replace each and see if it sounds ok.
I have some details on my blog but cant paste my link here(new user here).

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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2009, 11:27
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2 differences in the 2 choices, both justify an explanation.
Firstly, lets take probably VS maybe

probably is used when it is likely to be "true" to happen
maybe is used when there is an "element of doubt" and its not for sure.

in the above sentence the writer is not showing any doubt but stating a point here, hence probably is right.

albeit subtle there is difference between due to and because of

cutting it short due to = caused by
and because of = on account of

j replace each and see if it sounds ok.
I have some details on my blog but cant paste my link here(new user here).

Hope it helps.


Nice explanation!! :) +1 for you!!
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2009, 23:49
hamza wrote:
2 differences in the 2 choices, both justify an explanation.
Firstly, lets take probably VS maybe

probably is used when it is likely to be "true" to happen
maybe is used when there is an "element of doubt" and its not for sure.

in the above sentence the writer is not showing any doubt but stating a point here, hence probably is right.

albeit subtle there is difference between due to and because of

cutting it short due to = caused by
and because of = on account of

j replace each and see if it sounds ok.
I have some details on my blog but cant paste my link here(new user here).

Hope it helps.


Could you please write some examples in which you can use "due to" but not "because of"?
Thank you in advance.
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2009, 23:58
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Of all the musicians who attended Juilliard School, YO-YO MA is maybe the more prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging repertoire.

A) is probably the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging
B) is maybe the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large because of his wide-ranging


Few things:

1. "is probably":- Probably, which is not a verb, after the verb is perfectly ok.
2. "is maybe":- May be, a verb, after a verb, is, in such a form is never correct.

3. "Due to" is accepted in gmat.
4. "because of" is rarely used/accepted in gmat SC.


That leaves A.
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the flight was delayed because of bad weather.
the flight was delayed on account of bad weather.

the flight's delay was due to bad weather.
the flight's delay was caused by bad weather.



For the techies:

"due to" is adjectival prepositional phrase and should modify the noun.
Here modifying "bad weather".
Also, due to is preceeded by to be verb form (was here) [Important check rule for knowing if due to is correctly used]

because of is adverbial prepositional phrase and should modify verb, adverb, adjective etc.
because of modifying "delayed" in this example.

another example:

he lost the match because of an injury
the verb "lost" being modified

his loss in the match was due to an injury.
(his loss in the match was caused by an injury.)
the noun "injury" is being modified.

Hope I did not confuse you more :)

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Due to can be replaced by "caused by" so it is correct
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 00:36
hamza wrote:
the flight was delayed because of bad weather.
the flight was delayed on account of bad weather.

the flight's delay was due to bad weather.
the flight's delay was caused by bad weather.



For the techies:

"due to" is adjectival prepositional phrase and should modify the noun.
Here modifying "bad weather".
Also, due to is preceeded by to be verb form (was here) [Important check rule for knowing if due to is correctly used]

because of is adverbial prepositional phrase and should modify verb, adverb, adjective etc.
because of modifying "delayed" in this example.

another example:

he lost the match because of an injury
the verb "lost" being modified

his loss in the match was due to an injury.
(his loss in the match was caused by an injury.)
the noun "injury" is being modified.

Hope I did not confuse you more :)

P.S: sorry for the late reply.



Uhm so If I understood well "due to" has to modify a noun and has to be preceded by the verb "to be".

I searched for "due to" in the OG 12 and I found sentences such as

Page 360
carnivores—in particular, more contact between the teeth of predators and the bones of prey due to more thorough consumption of carcasses by the extinct species

due to here is not preceded by the verb "to be"

Page 578

Th is point presents an alternate explanation—employees stay due to low cost of living—and so
tends to weaken the company’s argument

I think due to here modify stay not employees

Page 587

When Australian rivers flow slowly due to little rain

due to modify flow slowly



Could you please comment this uses of "due to" in the OG 12?

Thank you in advance.
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2009, 10:51
First of all, the above questions are all from RC or CR and not SC. hence please do not expect grammatically absolute sentences in these sections, for eg the last one is wrong (page 587)

page 360: [RC section]
The explanation they consider most plausible is behavioral differences between extinct and present-day carnivores-in particular, more contact between the teeth of predators and the bones of prey due to more thorough consumption of carcasses by the extinct species.

due to modifying the noun "contact"
use of "to be" is unclear, but I think it has to do sth with the phrase its used in. (explanations welcomed)

page 578: [CR section]
E This point presents an alternate explanation-employees stay due to low cost of living-and so
tends to weaken the company's argument.


This one is simple: Firstly its a phrase not a complete sentence and secondly the writer is explaining sth to us, it does not necessarily have to be grammatically correct. CR or RC answer keys are not written to be grammatically accurate.

page 587 [CR section]
When Australian rivers flow slowly due to little rain, algae populations in those rivers
increase.


this is wrong !
not modifying a noun.
replace "due to" with "caused by" and it does not make sense

If you have any example from SC OG or other credited books (kaplan, mgmat, princeton) please share ...
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2009, 11:36
I'm sorry but I couldn't find a single official problem that uses "due to". I guess is better to forget about this issue since people who write the explanations of the OG make mistakes using "due to", I think they won't test this on the exam.

I forgot to thank you for the examples, I see the difference you mentioned.

If someone knows any official problem that has "due to" in the official answer, please post it.
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2009, 11:50
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I'm sorry but I couldn't find a single official problem that uses "due to". I guess is better to forget about this issue since people who write the explanations of the OG make mistakes using "due to", I think they won't test this on the exam.

I forgot to thank you for the examples, I see the difference you mentioned.

If someone knows any official problem that has "due to" in the official answer, please post it.



You are absolutely right, of all the problems I have come across in SC relating to "due to" (on different forums and CATS) the litmus tests above have always helped me choose the right answer.
How abt modifying the topic of this post to also include due to vs because of
I guess more discussion on this topic than the thread heading :)) (j a thought)
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 05:42
I found a few in OG10:

175. Two new studies indicate that many people become obese more due to the fact that their bodies burn calories too slowly than overeating.
(A) due to the fact that their bodies burn calories too slowly than overeating
(B) due to their bodies burning calories too slowly than to eating too much
(C) because their bodies bum calories too slowly than that they are overeaters
(D) because their bodies bum calories too slowly than because they eat too much
(E) because of their bodies burning calories too slowly than because of their eating too much


232. Unlike auto insurance, the frequency of claims does not affect the premiums for personal property coverage, but if the insurance company is able to prove excessive loss due to owner negligence, it may decline to renew the policy.
(A) Unlike auto insurance, the frequency of claims does not affect the premiums for personal property coverage
(B) Unlike with auto insurance, the frequency of claims do not affect the premiums for personal property coverage
(C) Unlike the frequency of claims for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims
(D) Unlike the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage are not affected by the frequency of claims
(E) Unlike with the premiums for auto insurance, the premiums for personal property coverage is not affected by the frequency of claims
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 08:15
I think ...is probably the... is better option than the ...is may be...
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Re: may be VS. probably [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 09:25
Of all the musicians who attended Juilliard School, YO-YO MA is maybe the more prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging repertoire.

A) is probably the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large part due to his wide-ranging
B) Is maybe the most prolific and definitely the most celebrated cellist, in large because of his wide-ranging


only thing that matters here is use of prepositional phrase.

Due to.............

because of..........

Both are prepositional phrase. "due to" has taken noun modified by an adjective 'Wide ranging'.
whereas,

"Because of" takes verb in -ing form after 'of '; it doesn't take noun after itself.
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