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# Due to the lack of resources, the city’s fund-raising project could be

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01 Feb 2018, 09:37
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Due to the lack of resources, the city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months.

A: Due to the lack of resources, the city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months.

B: The reason that the city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months is because of the lack of resources.

C: Because of the lack of resources, the city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months.

D: The city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months due to the lack of resources.

E: The lack of resources could have delayed the city’s fund-raising project by as much as four months.

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01 Feb 2018, 15:28
Hi aaba,

Thank you for your question. Let's tackle this question one problem at a time. After looking over the answers quickly, it's clear that the first thing we should focus on is the difference between "due to" and "because of," so let's start there. Here is the easiest way to remember which one to use:

Because of = modifies verbs
Due to = modifies nouns

In this sentence, the phrase "because of/due to lack of resources" is modifying the verb "delayed." Therefore, we should rule out answers A & D for using "due to" incorrectly.

The next sentence that jumped out was E because it uses the past tense "could have delayed," rather than the future tense "could be delayed." Since nothing has happened yet, and this is just a hypothetical situation, let's rule out E because it changes the meaning of the sentence.

Now we're left with answers B & C. Let's look at them together to see what is different about each:

B: The reason that the city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months is because of the lack of resources.

Answer B is INCORRECT because it's redundant. Any time a sentence contains "because of," it shouldn't also have "the reason that" because both phrases serve the same function.

C: Because of the lack of resources, the city’s fund-raising project could be delayed by as much as four months.

This is the CORRECT answer because it's not redundant and it uses "because of" correctly!

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