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Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.

A – more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B – orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C – orbits near Earth became littered more and more, often resulting from
D – there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E – there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with
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158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

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Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.

A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

Usage of "Because"

Match was delayed because rain was pouring heavily.

So the construction of Because is :
1) Because -> Modifies a clause.
2) Because -> Takes a clause.

Difference between "Because of" and "Due to"

Delay in the match was due to heavy rain

So the construction of "Due to"
1) Due to modifies noun or noun phrase (here Delay)
2) Due to takes noun or noun phrase

Match was delayed because of heavy rain

So the construction of "Because of"
1) "Because of" modifies Clause
2) "Because of" takes noun or noun phrase

So in Option A) can be eliminated on the basis of that.

Present Perfect tense

Present perfect tense should be used when an event has occurred in the past and either the event or its effect is continuing till now.
"Since" is a dead give away that we have to use present perfect tense.

Hence option C) and option E) is eliminated

Meaning
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of

There is no littering of orbits but we have littering of different objects in the orbits.

hence D) is eliminated.

Hence Option B) is correct
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B and C has corrct modifier. orbit is being modified. C makes incorrect tense.

So B.
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A- creates run on
B-
C- usage of "since" implies continuity. Hence "have become" is required.
D & E- incorrect usage of "there"
There is used for two reasons:
i) to point to a location
II) to make an assertion

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158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

can anyone please explain why choice D is incorrect?

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Hi anujag24,

There are two errors in option B:

1. The phrase “littering of orbits near Earth” is incorrect. “Littering” is happening in the nearby orbits of Earth, but it is certainly not of “orbits”. We can say the orbits have become littered, but “littering of orbits” doesn’t convey the same meaning.
2. Also, the non-underlined portion of the sentence doesn’t tell us about the reason of the littering. It is telling the ways (or the sources) of littering. So, “because of” is incorrectly used here. This error can be corrected by using “from”.

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can anyone please explain why choice D is incorrect?

At the very least, there is a subject-verb disagreement issue in D. It should have been: there has been more and more littering of orbits near Earth....
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158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
Very first thought after looking at the sentence that the presence of 'Since' indicates present perfect tense. Boiled the choices to A, B and D.

Now before reaching at the answer, let's look at the mistakes in other choices.

A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because

often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers. The sentence is missing something after 'because'

IMO, 'Since the start of the space age' must be followed by the most important thing that we want to talk about- orbits near earth.

B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
SV agreement is correct. 'from' indicates the reason of orbits being littered

C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
Present perfect is absent.
Presence of present tense 'become'
IMO, 'resulting' is unnecessary here.

D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
'There' must be used for a place.
SV does not agree- 'have been' with 'littering'

E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with
'There' must be used for a place.
Past perfect is not required.
'with' represents 'association'; however, we are looking for the reason. Hence,'with' usage is not correct.

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i think it is B --> have become more and more littered rather than became littered (which is past). this is something which is still happenning.

Anybody knows whats the correct answer?
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27 Feb 2008, 00:38
Sentence has modifier issue and verb tense issue
A – more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because [Modifier issue – “Since the start of the space age” incorrectly modifies more and more, missing clause structure - eliminate it]
B – orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from [Present perfect tense – hold it]
C – orbits near Earth became littered more and more, often resulting from [But this is happening event – Present perfect tense is preferred – eliminate it]
D – there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of [Modification issue – eliminate it]
E – there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with [Modification issue – eliminate it]

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16 Mar 2008, 11:40
what is the OA?

hanumayamma are you basing the tense on having a modifying phrase in starting in the past and the final section of the sentence in the present?
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06 Feb 2009, 22:24
C/D/E - out
I would pick B over A. ( A just sounds off- and due to often because..)
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A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because "conj needs to follow a sentence"
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from (holding)
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from (tense wrong)
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of (there have been, awkward)
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with (there had been, awkward, tense wrong)
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158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

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Yes, agree with B

The use of since requires present perfect, so C and E out.

A and D have "littering" as subject, which makes them akward

B has orbits as subject

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OA is B.

A. "because" will require a clause after it --> get rid of A.
Also "because" here doesn't convey the right meaning. Using "because" means "the intentional discarding of lens caps..." led to littering. In fact, "the intentional discarding of lens caps.." is littering itself.
--> also get rid of D.

"Since the start of the space age" --> verb tense should be present perfect --> get rid of C, E
Also in C, "resulting from" cannot be used as an adverbial phrase. It needs a noun.

You can see the problem being vivisected in this thread:

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sin ... ring-t1639.
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kman wrote:
158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

Is the OA for this one B?
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kman wrote:
158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

Please attach the OA. According to the below, it is B.
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kman wrote:
158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

can anyone please explain why choice D is incorrect?

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anujag24 wrote:
kman wrote:
158. Since the start of the space age, more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because the intentional discarding of lens caps, packing material, fuel tanks, and payload covers.
A. more and more littering has occurred in orbits near Earth, often because
B. orbits near Earth have become more and more littered, often from
C. orbits near Earth become littered more and more, often resulting from
D. there have been more and more littering of orbits near Earth, often because of
E. there had been littering more and more of orbits near Earth, often with

can anyone please explain why choice D is incorrect?

thanks!

Hi anujag24,

There are two errors in option B:

1. The phrase “littering of orbits near Earth” is incorrect. “Littering” is happening in the nearby orbits of Earth, but it is certainly not of “orbits”. We can say the orbits have become littered, but “littering of orbits” doesn’t convey the same meaning.
2. Also, the non-underlined portion of the sentence doesn’t tell us about the reason of the littering. It is telling the ways (or the sources) of littering. So, “because of” is incorrectly used here. This error can be corrected by using “from”.

Hope this helps!
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hello deepak,

I understood the first point,however, the second point is still not clear to me. Can you throw some light ?

thanks Anuj!
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