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Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers due to the comic strips being appealing.

(A) due to the comic strips being appealing
(B) because of the appeal of the comic strips
(C) for the fact of the comic strip's appeal
(D) as a result of the comic strips having appeal
(E) since the comic strips were appealing
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20 Mar 2009, 04:15
It should be E

have developed...since ...were
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20 Mar 2009, 08:53
wht does since denote in this sentence? does it mean because or some time period?
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have developed...since ...were

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20 Mar 2009, 10:09
Agree with Ritula it's B.

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20 Mar 2009, 11:09
Yes. Should be B.

And as for the question regarding Since..I think in GMAT, they prefer to use since for time period so better not get involved with it, unless of course E is the answer.

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IMO B.

In this sentence second part is providing reason. So "because of" is perfect usage here.
Further, "because" and "because of" are used in two different cases.

"Because" must be followed by clause
Ex: Natalie is not coming today because she has fever. [followed by clause]

"because of" must be followed by noun or noun phrase.
Ex: Paul stood first in class because of hard work. [followed by noun]
Take this example
Ex: Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers because of the appeal of the comic strips [noun phrase]

"Since" is only correct to represent time frame in GMAT.
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It should be B because:

Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers due to the comic strips being appealing.

a) due to the comic strips being appealing---replace 'due to' by 'caused by'...awkward
b) because of the appeal of the comic strips---hold
c) for the fact of the comic strip's appeal---awkward
d) as a result of the comic strips having appeal---question intends to say since comic strips were appealing, americans developed interest, here it says Americans developed interest only becuase of the comic strips that had appeal.
e) since the comic strips were appealing---this means CS used to have appeal and they lost it at some point of time before.

B wins...
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24 Mar 2009, 23:05
nitya34 wrote:
Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers due to the comic strips being appealing.

a) due to the comic strips being appealing
b) because of the appeal of the comic strips
c) for the fact of the comic strip's appeal
d) as a result of the comic strips having appeal
e) since the comic strips were appealing

Agree with B. All other choices don't make much sense.

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03 Mar 2010, 06:37
I chose B

for the above question we will have to give reson why they chose comic strips so E will not be appropriate.

of all the other ans choice B sounded idiomatic and apporopriate

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03 Mar 2010, 09:16
ans: B.
E can not be option because there should be same tense in both clause.

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03 Mar 2010, 10:48

Reason was because of the awkward use of the word "due" which can conflict with the meaning of the sentence. Original meaning of the word is "owed"... example... The paper is due at 3:30pm.

This sentence uses "due" as an idiom which creates confusion. If you read the sentence with due in it's original meaning it would read as.... Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers owed to the comic strips being appealing..... very awkward

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04 Mar 2010, 02:55
B. Nice. Thanks for the explanation.
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04 Mar 2010, 04:34
between b and e
b is good coz v need a reason

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Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers due to the comic strips being appealing.

(A) due to the comic strips being appealing
(B) because of the appeal of the comic strips
(C) for the fact of the comic strip's appeal
(D) as a result of the comic strips having appeal
(E) since the comic strips were appealing

Take Way :

since can be used to either refer to specific time or it can be used as due to as well. But the problem here is with the tense.
both should refer to same tense.
And it clearly states that "People have developed the habit of X because blah blah" sounds correct.

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08 Mar 2010, 09:19
pls help me to clear my confusion...

the sentence says that because the comic strips were appealing...so the ppl developed the habit....

in that case the tense should be correct in E ....

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Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers due to the comic strips being appealing.

(A) due to the comic strips being appealing
(B) because of the appeal of the comic strips
(C) for the fact of the comic strip's appeal
(D) as a result of the comic strips having appeal
(E) since the comic strips were appealing

Take Way :

since can be used to either refer to specific time or it can be used as due to as well. But the problem here is with the tense.
both should refer to same tense.
And it clearly states that "People have developed the habit of X because blah blah" sounds correct.

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08 Mar 2011, 14:59
The sentence is trying to say these folks "developed habits for reading" blah blah because the comic strips were and still are appealing. I was looking for the cause and relationship meaning in the answer choices. E is out, because it seems to distort the meaning by saying these folks have been reading the newspaper ever since the comic strips were appealing...I chose B.

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08 Mar 2011, 21:03
Between B and D, I went with D, but agree with B.

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08 Mar 2011, 22:42
nitya34 wrote:
Four generations of Americans have developed the habit of reading daily newspapers due to the comic strips being appealing.

(A) due to the comic strips being appealing
(B) because of the appeal of the comic strips
(C) for the fact of the comic strip's appeal
(D) as a result of the comic strips having appeal
(E) since the comic strips were appealing

POE says ABDE have errors. only B is error free here.
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Can some one explain why is
as a result of the comic strips having appeal
is wrong
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