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Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.


A. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

B. The reason that the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours is because of the chemical spill.

C. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city had been delayed by as much as 2 hours.

D. Because of the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by 2 hours.

E. The chemical spill will be delaying the commute into the city by as much as 2 hours.
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I have a question about the usage of "Due to".
Why do we not use "Due To" to explain the reason or a cause.

Also could you recommend the rule with 2/3 practice questions.
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We do use "due to" to explain reason or cause. But note that "due" is adjective and hence it should refer to a noun (the effect of the cause). The thumbrule is as follows:

If the effect is noun, use "due to" before the cause.
If the effect is verb, use "because of" before the cause.

The game stopped BECAUSE OF rain....correct (The effect is verb: stopped).
The stoppage was DUE TO rain..... correct (The effect is noun: stoppage)
(Do not get confused about the cause - the cause "rain" is noun in both cases.)

Similarly in the subject question,
The commute will be delayed BECAUSE OF spill. (The effect is verb: will be delayed)
The delay will be DUE TO spill. (The effect is noun: delay)
(The cause "spill" is noun in both cases.)
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Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.


A. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

B. The reason that the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours is because of the chemical spill.

C. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city had been delayed by as much as 2 hours.

D. Because of the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by 2 hours.

E. The chemical spill will be delaying the commute into the city by as much as 2 hours.


Since due to cannot be used to explain the action or result of an action, its usage is wrong here. A and C are thus eliminated.
C also uses past perfect tense improperly.
B would have been correct if because of is not used.
E uses The chemical spill as subject and wrongly implies that spill will delay the commute.
usage of future continuous tense is also wrong here.
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Due To - Modifies the Noun
Because of - Modifies the Verb


Hence Because of is preferred to Due to
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In option B,
reason is used and usage of because is redundant.
in option E,
will be delaying, is future perfect continuous , action still not completed and is going on.

in Option A and C usage of Due to is wrong,
Due to means is caused by, it comes after noun.

because is conjunction follows clause.

because of is a preposition follows phrase. Because of chemical spill correctly used.

Because of modifies verb.

one more similar usage is as a result like due to, the resulting of like because of.

Apart from this,in Option A and C used" as much as '2hours is redundant.

use of 2hours is countable . Here" as many as' usage is correct.
Much is used in amount and money .

hence option D is correct.
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I have a question about the usage of "Due to".
Why do we not use "Due To" to explain the reason or a cause.

Also could you recommend the rule with 2/3 practice questions.
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Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(A) Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(B) The reason that the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours is because of the chemical spill.

(C) Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city had been delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(D) Because of the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(E) The chemical spill will be delaying the commute into the city by as much as 2 hours.
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I have a doubt whether the use of "due to" correct here.
Just to check I replaced "due to" by caused by" to see whether it makes sense.
Please correct me if I am wrong.

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I have a doubt whether the use of "due to" correct here.
Just to check I replaced "due to" by caused by" to see whether it makes sense.
Please correct me if I am wrong.

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tamal99 wrote:
I have a doubt whether the use of "due to" correct here.
Just to check I replaced "due to" by caused by" to see whether it makes sense.
Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Please go through this post to clear your concepts

https://gmatclub.com/forum/due-to-vs-be ... 40393.html

Hello Abhishek009
Thanks for the link.
I have gone through posts, but still I am not convinced about this problem. May be I am not being able to apply the logic correctly.

My understanding is--
Chemical spill is modifying the main verb of the clause, so Chemical spill is adverb, hence it should not be due to.
Additionally the thumb rule - replacing "due to" by "caused by" and check whether the clause makes sense - is also suggesting that it shouldn't be due to.
Please correct me where I am wrong.
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Re: Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed [#permalink]

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tamal99 wrote:
I have a doubt whether the use of "due to" correct here.
Just to check I replaced "due to" by caused by" to see whether it makes sense.
Please correct me if I am wrong.

Posted from my mobile device


Please go through this post to clear your concepts

https://gmatclub.com/forum/due-to-vs-be ... 40393.html

Hello Abhishek009
Thanks for the link.
I have gone through posts, but still I am not convinced about this problem. May be I am not being able to apply the logic correctly.

My understanding is--
Chemical spill is modifying the main verb of the clause, so Chemical spill is adverb, hence it should not be due to.
Additionally the thumb rule - replacing "due to" by "caused by" and check whether the clause makes sense - is also suggesting that it shouldn't be due to.
Please correct me where I am wrong.

I can't get behind your reasoning that "chemical spill" is an adverb.

"Spill" can also be a noun and "chemical" is the adjective modifying the noun. Hence, "due to" correctly refers to the modified noun "chemical spill".
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Re: Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed [#permalink]

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New post 08 Jun 2018, 10:13
I have the same doubt as tamal99 has.
Remembering about egmat's post about the difference of usage of "due to" and "because of", I plugged in caused by; the result didn't make sense.
I also do not understand why "because of" in D is incorrect. Isn't "because of the chemical spill" modifies the clause "the commute..."?
I read the post once again and I do not understand.
egmat please help!
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In below link ,OA is D for same question.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/due-to-the-chemical-spill-the-commute-into-the-city-will-be-delayed-205492.html?fl=similar

Can you clear this ambiguity?
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Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(A) Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(B) The reason that the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours is because of the chemical spill.

(C) Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city had been delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(D) Because of the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

(E) The chemical spill will be delaying the commute into the city by as much as 2 hours.


Merging topics. The correct answer is D here, not A.
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Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.


A. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

B. The reason that the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours is because of the chemical spill.

C. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city had been delayed by as much as 2 hours.

D. Because of the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by 2 hours.

E. The chemical spill will be delaying the commute into the city by as much as 2 hours.


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shyind wrote:
Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.


A. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours.

B. The reason that the commute into the city will be delayed by as much as 2 hours is because of the chemical spill.

C. Due to the chemical spill, the commute into the city had been delayed by as much as 2 hours.

D. Because of the chemical spill, the commute into the city will be delayed by 2 hours.

E. The chemical spill will be delaying the commute into the city by as much as 2 hours.


One tip between Due to and Because of- If you can replace Due to with caused by and still sentence makes sense, it is correct usage. Otherwise blindly select the option with Because of- Answer is D
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