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One reason that the student was ahead of her classmates was because of having taken summer school through the local college.


(A) because of having taken summer school
(B) her having taken summer school
(C) that she had taken summer school
(D) because she took summer school
(E) she had taken summer school

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New post 05 Aug 2010, 20:46
IMO E...
A and D can be ruled out : reason that and because are redundant phrases
C is wrong because we already have a that before..
B is incorrect here...

Hence, E
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New post 06 Aug 2010, 09:16
It's got to be E. I think one reason itself substitutes for because so u don't need a because here! Correct me if I am wrong!
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New post 06 Aug 2010, 09:32
One reason that the student was ahead of her classmates was because of having taken summer school through the local college.

(A) because of having taken summer school - 'reason' and 'because' redundant
(B) her having taken summer school - 'having' is almost always wrong in GMAT
(C) that she had taken summer school - awkward
(D) because she took summer school - 'reason' and 'because' redundant
(E) she had taken summer school - CORRECT
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New post 06 Aug 2010, 11:55
Two different timings...should be in past perfect tense
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New post 03 Mar 2016, 20:06
isn't in E a run-on sentence?
we have the reason was -> she had taken
2 subjects, 2 verbs - not properly connected
I would rather go with C, as in C the SV is in the subordinate clause...
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New post 04 Mar 2016, 03:03
the reason that
is incorrect in wirten english though it is spoken

the reason for which I learn gmat is clear
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thangvietnam wrote:
the reason that
is incorrect in wirten english though it is spoken

the reason for which I learn gmat is clear
is correct


your second sentence is correct, because it is inside a which dependent clause.
in E though - we do not have such.
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Why is E is better choice than C?? MartyMurray , AjiteshArun
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Prateek176 wrote:
Why is E is better choice than C?? MartyMurray , AjiteshArun

I personally like (C) better than (E).

In the version created using choice (C), we have:

The reason (noun) was (verb) that she ... (noun clause)

So, a noun "was" a noun clause. A noun clause makes perfect sense as the subject complement.

In the version created using choice (E) we have:

The reason (noun) was (verb) she had taken ... (independent clause)

To me this version is not as clearly correct as the version created via the use of (C), and, in any case, there is no reason to consider the version created via the use of (E) superior to the version created via the use of (C).
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New post 27 Sep 2018, 19:15
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Why is E is better choice than C?? MartyMurray , AjiteshArun
The only possible reason is the awkwardness created by the usage of that, given that we already have another that in the sentence.

One reason that the student was ahead of her classmates was that she had taken summer school...

However, this is not a big deal, and it could be argued that making the second that explicit actually helps the sentence.
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