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1) 'a number of' is plural and thus will have a plural verb.
2) 'caused by' and 'due to' is used when they modify a noun and in this case (noun phrase)' a number of astronomical phenomena'.
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Eliminating wrong answer choices:
A & B because likely and maybe both in same sentence create redundancy.
C - because of is used to present reason for actions. Not appropriate here as we are talking about "formation of planetary nebulas" (noun phrase).
D - where refers to formation (it should refer to actual place). Incorrect usage.
E - correct
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It seems likely that a number of astronomical phenomena, such as the formation of planetary nebulas, may be caused by the interaction where two stars orbit each other at close range.

A. may be caused by the interaction where two stars orbit each other
B. may be caused by the interaction between two stars that each orbit the other
C. are because of the interaction between two stars that orbit each other
D. are caused by the interaction of two stars where each is orbiting the other
E. are caused by the interaction of two stars orbiting each other


E is our answer likely and may used in the same sentence make the sentence redundant as they both convey the same meaning .
A and B out based on the above reasoning .
C there is no verb for the passive voice.
D redundant for the use of each is orbiting other
E correct short and succinct .
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garimavyas wrote:
It seems likely that a number of astronomical phenomena, such as the formation of planetary nebulas, may be caused by the interaction where two stars orbit each other at close range.

A. may be caused by the interaction where two stars orbit each other
B. may be caused by the interaction between two stars that each orbit the other
C. are because of the interaction between two stars that orbit each other
D. are caused by the interaction of two stars where each is orbiting the other
E. are caused by the interaction of two stars orbiting each other


WITHOUT looking at other problems, we can see only "each other " to find error

in A, "where " is wrong because it refers to "interaction". meaningless
in B, "two star that each orbit the other" means the two star orbit the third star. wrong
in C , similar to B
in D, "where is refer to two stars. wrong.
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There is an e-gmat blog post which is helpful in answering "due to", "caused by", and "because of" questions. Just search "due to vs because of gmat" in google.
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