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It is difficult to study the depths of the Arctic Ocean, primarily due

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It is difficult to study the depths of the Arctic Ocean, primarily due to the icy surface being difficult to penetrate using current technology.

(A) primarily due to the icy surface being
(B) primarily due to the icy surface is
(C) because the primarily icy surface is
(D) primarily caused by the icy surface
(E) primarily because the icy surface is

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Re: It is difficult to study the depths of the Arctic Ocean, primarily due  [#permalink]

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New post 01 Jul 2019, 03:20
The question is testing on "due to" vs "because of"
'due to’ is used to modify nouns only.
‘because of’ is used to modify verbs.

Here, the reason is "difficult to penetrate"
Hence, we need 'because of' as we are modifying a verb.
The correct answer is (E).
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Re: It is difficult to study the depths of the Arctic Ocean, primarily due   [#permalink] 01 Jul 2019, 03:20

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