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# Due to or because of

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05 Jan 2018, 04:22
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05 Jan 2018, 05:25
AshutoshB wrote:
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"which" implies the entity right before it - "wildfires", since its plural, C is eliminated.
"No of acres" is singular so A and B are also eliminated.
"Because of"modifies the entire clause it precedes but there's noun entities here to be modified so E is also eliminated.

Hence, through POE only, D is the correct answer.
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05 Jan 2018, 05:27
Depends on the meaning -- here because is correct
due to = cause by

wildfire has become a threat because of drought --- not caused by drought

The number of acres destroyed by wildfires, which have become an ongoing threat due to drought and booming population density, have increased dramatically over the past several years, prompting major concern among local politicians.

A. have become an ongoing threat due to drought and booming population density, have increased
B. have become an ongoing threat due to drought and booming population density, have been increasing
C. has become an ongoing threat because of drought and booming population density, has increased
D. have become an ongoing threat due to drought and booming population density, has increased
E. have become an ongoing threat because of drought and booming population density, has increased -- correct
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05 Jan 2018, 05:34
Hi AshutoshB

the difference between "due to" and "because of"
https://gmatclub.com/forum/due-to-vs-be ... 40393.html

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06 Jan 2018, 11:20
Hi AshutoshB, in formal English, due to can be used only as an adjective, whereas because of can be used only as an adverb.

A handy way to distinguish is: If we remove the portion of the sentence starting with due to, the leftover sentence cannot stand on its own as complete sentence. In option D, if we apply this technique, the leftover sentence is:

The number of acres destroyed by wildfires, which have become an ongoing threat, has increased dramatically over the past several years, prompting major concern among local politicians.

This leftover sentence can stand on its own as complete sentence. Hence, the usage of due to is inappropriate here, making D an incorrect choice.

Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses the distinction between due to Vs because of. Have attached the corresponding section of the book, for your reference.
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07 Jan 2018, 12:30
AshutoshB wrote:
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Hi AshutoshB ,
This question is discussed here.

In particular you might want to view posts by expert sayantanc2k , that begin here.

Kindly read and follow the Rules for Posting , especially rule number six.
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14 Jan 2018, 14:28
Just replace 'due to' with 'caused by',then read the full sentence again.

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