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Donizetti's Gemma di Vergy, as well as many other belcanto operas of the first half of the 19th century, is infrequently produced today, mostly on account of requiring singers with a virtuosic vocal ability in all of the roles.

A.on account of requiring singers
B.on account of their requiring a singer
C.because it requires singers
D.because of it requiring singers
E.being that it requires a singer
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Donizetti's Gemma di Vergy, as well as many other belcanto operas of the first half of the 19th century, is infrequently produced today, mostly on account of requiring singers with a virtuosic vocal ability in all of the roles.

A.on account of requiring singers
B.on account of their requiring a singer
C.because it requires singers
D.because of it requiring singers
E.being that it requires a singer


The subject here is Donizetti's Gemma di Vergy, so it is the one referred to as "it" here.

The underlined phrase uses "on account of" which essentially means "due to" or "because of" which makes it unnecessarily wordy and complex. The meaning that is conveyed here us that the opera is not frequently produced because it requires singers with virtuosic ability.

Option C conveys the meaning in the simplest form and hence is the correct option. All other options are awkwardly wordy.
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Answer C The use of on account of with a gerund (requiring), lacks a necessary reference to what requires singers. Choice (A) can be eliminated. Choice (D) would be grammatically correct, though awkward, if it were replaced with its.

Choice (B), while an allowable construction, uses the plural pronoun their to refer to the singular Gemma di Vergy (remember: as well as does not create a compound subject the way and does). Choice (E)'s being that is unidiomatic after the adverb mostly. Only Choice (C) remains, which correctly creates a causal clause with a subject it correctly referring to the singular Gemma di Vergy, and a verb requires, rather than a gerund. Also note that singers, and not a singer, is the correct object of requires, since it takes more than one singer to fill all the roles.
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The use of "on account of" with a gerund ("requiring") is wordy and unidiomatic. The GMAT strongly prefers because over "on account of." Eliminate (A).

A quick scan of the beginnings of the choices reveals a 2-2-1 split, with (A) and (B) beginning with "on account of," (B) and (C) beginning with "because," and (E) beginning with "being that."

(A), (B), and (E) can be eliminated immediately. "Because" is the clearest, most concise connecting word that indicates the causation in the original sentence.

(D) uses "because of" instead of the more concise "because" and retains the gerund "requiring" from the original sentence. To be correct in front of "requiring," which here functions as a noun, the pronoun "it" would have to be the possessive its. But even if that change were made, this choice would be wordy and weak.

(C) is clear, concise, and correct.

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