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# Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large

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Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species can generally adapt quickly to changes in their environment.

(A) Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species

(B) Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they

(C) Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in large numbers, so many insect species

(D) Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species

(E) Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of large numbers, many insect species

Originally posted by piyush05 on 24 Oct 2014, 08:19.
Last edited by hazelnut on 18 Aug 2018, 19:09, edited 5 times in total.
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Always remember: whenever you have to chose between "because of" and "due to", replace "due to" by "caused by". If the sentence still makes sense, then it is correct else wrong. And yes, "capability to" is wrong here.

In B, "ability of reproducing" is unidiomatic.
INCORRECT: ability of doing X.
CORRECT: ability TO DO X.
Other errors in B:
"because" and "thus" are redundant.
Generally, COMMA + along with serves to refer to a preceding subject.
B: Because of many insect species' ability, along with producing
Here, no subject precedes COMMA + along with.
Eliminate B.

John attended, along with Mary.
Conveyed meaning:
Both JOHN and MARY attended.

C: Because they can reproduce yearly, along with producing offspring in large numbers
Conveyed meaning:
Both THEY and PRODUCING OFFSPRING IN LARGE NUMBERS can reproduce yearly.
'so' not required. change in meaning. parallelism issue
This meaning is nonsensical.
Eliminate C.

D: Due to their capability, many insect species
Conveyed meaning:
Many insect species are due to their capability.
This meaning is nonsensical.
each year is better than yearly . to produce can be llel to 'to their capa..' or 'to reproduce..'
Eliminate D.

E: Due to their ability, many insect species
Conveyed meaning:
Many insect species are due to their ability.
This meaning is nonsensical.
"ability of reproducing" is unidiomatic.
INCORRECT: ability of doing X.
CORRECT: ability TO DO X.
Eliminate E.

The construction “due to” is an adjective that takes a prepositional phrase; the word “due” is a noun-modifier
By contrast, the construction “because of” is a verb modifier. verb modifiers target the action of a clause and are much freer in their placement than are noun modifiers, “because of” correctly can be used anywhere in the clause and it can directly modify the action of the clause.

example : the game was cancelled(verb), due to rain - incorrect
the game was cancelled, because of rain - correct
the cancellation(noun) of the game was because of rain - incorrect as in this case cancellation is the noun
the cancellation (noun)of the game was due to rain -correct

verb is preferred over adjectives or nouns.
can is preferred over capability
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D and E right away off

B and C are wordy and A reading is perfectly fine

Straight A in less than 10 seconds
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A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of
offspring, many insect species - Correct!

B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along
with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they - Ability of is the wrong idiom.

C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in
large numbers, so many insect species - Along sounds funny here and if I am wrong with the along, then reproduce and producing are not parallel which should be ideal case while using along.

D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large
numbers of offspring, many insect species - capability to? wrong idiom.

E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of
large numbers, many insect species - Ability of is the wrong idiom, apart from this mistake reproducing and to produce are not parallel when they should be as they are connect with an "and".

A is correct!
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A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of
offspring, many insect species - Correct!

B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along
with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they - Ability of is the wrong idiom.

C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in
large numbers, so many insect species - Along sounds funny here and if I am wrong with the along, then reproduce and producing are not parallel which should be ideal case while using along.

D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large
numbers of offspring, many insect species - capability to? wrong idiom.

E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of
large numbers, many insect species - Ability of is the wrong idiom, apart from this mistake reproducing and to produce are not parallel when they should be as they are connect with an "and".

A is correct!

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Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species can generally adapt quickly to changes in their environment.

A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species

B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they

C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in large numbers, so many insect species

D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species

E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of large numbers, many insect species
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Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species can generally adapt quickly to changes in their environment.

A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species
CORRECT

B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they
awkward construction and 'thus' is wordy

C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in large numbers, so many insect species
'so' not required. change in meaning. parallelism issue

D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species
each year is better than yearly . to produce can be llel to 'to their capa..' or 'to reproduce..'

E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of large numbers, many insect species
parallelism issue and awkward construction
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14 Jul 2015, 09:55
In option D, does capability to .... is the right idiom ?
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Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species can generally adapt quickly to changes in their environment.

Without doubt A is the correct answer.

A. Because they can
reproduce several times each year and
produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species

reproduce & produce are parallel
because X, insects... - looks good.

B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they
changes meaning. Ability of - NO!
because X, thus...incorrect.

C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in large numbers, so many insect species
along with... nonono! so many... again no.

D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species
due to - incorrect.

E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of large numbers, many insect species
due to - incorrect. Ability of - incorrect.
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Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species can generally adapt quickly to changes in their environment.

A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of
offspring, many insect species
B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along
with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they
C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in
large numbers, so many insect species
D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large
numbers of offspring, many insect species
E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of
large numbers, many insect species

'Because' is correct over 'due to'- D and E are out

A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of
offspring, many insect species
B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along
with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they. Insects can adapt because of the reproduction and not because of the ability
C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in
large numbers, so many insect species 'because' and 'so' both are not required

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'Because' is correct over 'due to'- D and E are out

Unfortunately, it's not. Please reda e-gmat post on difference between due to and because. Both of them are viable, but one is used to modify verbs (because) and the other one to modify nouns (due to).

After eliminating obvious mistakes I've been left with A and D. I've chosen A, since it (verb) has more power other the due to + none, the construction which is wordier. Also, not sure whether yearly is appropriate in D.
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06 Oct 2016, 03:22
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"capability to" is a correct idiom in D ... "capability to" and "capability for" both are correct.. there is no rule saying that any of these is incorrect.
"due to" is correctly used as adjective ... we can use "due to" as adjective but not adverb...
and "because of" can be used as adverb...
There is no grammatical mistake in D...
However the construction using "can" in place of words like capacity,capability or ability is always preferred.
That's why A is preferred over D here
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taranhundal wrote:
"capability to" is a correct idiom in D ... "capability to" and "capability for" both are correct.. there is no rule saying that any of these is incorrect.
"due to" is correctly used as adjective ... we can use "due to" as adjective but not adverb...
and "because of" can be used as adverb...
There is no grammatical mistake in D...
However the construction using "can" in place of words like capacity,capability or ability is always preferred.
That's why A is preferred over D here

taranhundal Do you think 'due to' is correct here? Replace 'due to' with 'caused by' and check again if the sentence makes sense to you.
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Usage of 'capability'

1. someone/something is capable OF something (noun)
She is capable of running swiftly.

2. someone/something has the capability TO do (verb) something
She has the capability to run swiftly.

3. not as common: someone/something has the capability of someone or something else (noun)
She has the capability of a gazelle.

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Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of offspring, many insect species can generally adapt quickly to changes in their environment.

A. Because they can reproduce several times each year and produce large numbers of
offspring, many insect species
B. Because of many insect species’ ability of reproducing several times a year, along
with producing large numbers of offspring, thus they
C. Because they can reproduce yearly several times, along with producing offspring in large numbers, so many insect species
D. Due to their capability to reproduce several times yearly and to produce large
numbers of offspring, many insect species
E. Due to their ability of reproducing several times yearly and to produce offspring of large numbers, many insect species

Of course, there isn't much to add to what Ana (+1) has so elaborately explained. However, I thought I would just add this last minute for those in acute time pressure.

Having the ability is a poor diction compared to can as per V -A -N. Therefore, I could remove B, D, and E in one shot. In C, reproduce yearly several times along with producing offspring in large numbers makes funny sense. What else are they reproducing along with offspring? A remains
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29 Nov 2017, 08:15
Is not there a problem with the pronoun they? There is no antecedent of "they" before the usage?
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