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06 Jan 2005, 20:50
Some how this concept doesn't stick to my head, I end up getting this wrong every time. There is more to this question than just knowing how to use due to / because. Can somebody explain in a way it sticks? thanks

Two new studies indicate that many people become obese due to the fact that their bodies burn calories than overeating.

A. ...
b due to thier bodies burning calories too slwoly than to eating too much
c because their bodies burn calories too slowly than that they are overeaters
d because their bodies burn calories too slowly than because they eat too much.
e because of their bodies burning calories too slowly than because of thier eating too much
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06 Jan 2005, 21:04
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07 Jan 2005, 01:40
I'd go with C

The statement mentions right in the beginning that there are 2 different studies which throw light on the cause of obesity.

"Two new studies indicate that many people become obese..."

IMO, the best way to complete this sentence would be:

"because their (refers to the people) bodies burn calories too slowly (rather) than (the fact) that they (again refers to the people) are overeaters"
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07 Jan 2005, 04:50
I think D
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07 Jan 2005, 06:00
i would go with C.
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07 Jan 2005, 22:25
OA is not C. Remember to justify your answers.
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07 Jan 2005, 22:47
OA id D.

Comparision is between two actions/reasons (Burning of calories and eating too much).

Pravin, Because is always preferable over Due to. But then other things also need to be considered. First and second option can not be OA because comparision is wrong in these sentences.
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08 Jan 2005, 07:37
smarty_cry wrote:
OA id D.

Comparision is between two actions/reasons (Burning of calories and eating too much).

Pravin, Because is always preferable over Due to. But then other things also need to be considered. First and second option can not be OA because comparision is wrong in these sentences.

Like I said before there is more to this than just due to/because. somehow I pick E everytime.
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08 Jan 2005, 08:25
(C) for the parallelism
because... than because...

(D) is awkward "because of their eating too much"
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08 Jan 2005, 10:29
qhoc0010 wrote:
(C) for the parallelism
because... than because...

(D) is awkward "because of their eating too much"

again, no OA is not C
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08 Jan 2005, 11:26
Two new studies indicate that many people become obese due to the fact that their bodies burn calories than overeating.

---- action done by the body "their bodies burn" cannot be compared to overeating -Noun.
A. .. is not the answer.

b due to thier bodies burning calories too slwoly than to eating too much

bodies burning calories too slowly is awkward.

c because their bodies burn calories too slowly than that they are overeaters
I couldn't find a word OVEREATERS in web.
also if it would have been noun it would have been a wrong comparision.

d because their bodies burn calories too slowly than because they eat too much.
action to action comparision and sentence is clear.

e because of their bodies burning calories too slowly than because of thier eating too much
redundant use of because.
and also bodies burning calories is awkward.
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08 Jan 2005, 11:59
praveen_rao7 wrote:
qhoc0010 wrote:
(C) for the parallelism
because... than because...

(D) is awkward "because of their eating too much"

again, no OA is not C

Sorry, that was a "typo". You can see my explaination. I retype it.

(D) for the parallelism
because... than because...

(E) is awkward "because of their eating too much"
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08 Jan 2005, 19:31
D for me
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08 Jan 2005, 21:37
qhoc0010 wrote:
praveen_rao7 wrote:
qhoc0010 wrote:
(C) for the parallelism
because... than because...

(D) is awkward "because of their eating too much"

again, no OA is not C

Sorry, that was a "typo". You can see my explaination. I retype it.

(D) for the parallelism
because... than because...

(E) is awkward "because of their eating too much"

Nope your arg not quite convincing
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08 Jan 2005, 23:38
A-due to the fact some how sounds redundant
B- then to eating too much stands hanging
C- illogical things or events put under comparison
D- I am some how not hapy my secnd prefered option
E I think it is right
Hi If u want a conicise explaination , pls post the OA so may bewe can come up with an explaination
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09 Jan 2005, 21:16
OA is D

I am not very convinced though
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09 Jan 2005, 21:33
Hmm, I wonder what is the source of this question because I strongly believe it has some typo. Maaverick mentioned "rather than" which would have been the right idiom to compare two given alternatives.
Basically, D would have been better like this:
1- Two new studies indicate that many people become obese more because their bodies burn calories too slowly than because they eat too much --> idiom "more because of X than because of Y"
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2- Two new studies indicate that many people become obese because their bodies burn calories too slowly rather than because they eat too much --> idiom "because of X rather than because of Y"

The difference between "due to" and "because of" lies in what follows those two expressions.
1- Due to + noun/gerund.
ie Due to the plane, due to his drawing
2- "Because" alone would induce a clause following with a verb.
ie Because they are nice, because he is better

However, if the question were(subjunctive mood) "what is the difference between due to and because of, then the answer would be that there is none. They can both be used interchangeably and each should be followed by a noun/geround.
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10 Jan 2005, 07:48
Paul wrote:
Hmm, I wonder what is the source of this question because I strongly believe it has some typo. Maaverick mentioned "rather than" which would have been the right idiom to compare two given alternatives.
Basically, D would have been better like this:
1- Two new studies indicate that many people become obese more because their bodies burn calories too slowly than because they eat too much --> idiom "more because of X than because of Y"
or
2- Two new studies indicate that many people become obese because their bodies burn calories too slowly rather than because they eat too much --> idiom "because of X rather than because of Y"

The difference between "due to" and "because of" lies in what follows those two expressions.
1- Due to + noun/gerund.
ie Due to the plane, due to his drawing
2- "Because" alone would induce a clause following with a verb.
ie Because they are nice, because he is better

However, if the question were(subjunctive mood) "what is the difference between due to and because of, then the answer would be that there is none. They can both be used interchangeably and each should be followed by a noun/geround.

I agree with Paul on his explanation. D is almost the least worst choice among a number of bad choices. To establish comparison, more than or rather than is required.

For me, "than" was the signal word for comparison.
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10 Jan 2005, 12:54
Correct me if I am wrong.. Paul..

due to followed by noun/gerund
and because by clause?
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10 Jan 2005, 16:32
vprabhala wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong.. Paul..

due to followed by noun/gerund
and because by clause?

Yes, unless you are talking about "because of" which would be similar to "due to"
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