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Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene,violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops among people in their common quest to conquer nature.

• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,
an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops
• surfing’s appeal is its unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable
backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
• surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and developing camaraderie
• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is, by turns, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable, and thecamaraderie that often develops
• surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
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in d gracefully and serenely violent and formidable is wrong
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13 Oct 2010, 00:53
A for me, going by the parameters of modification ands tenets of parallelism
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really nice question............A for sure
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Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops among people in their common quest to conquer nature.

A. surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
B. surfing’s appeal is its unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
C. surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and developing camaraderie
D. surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is, by turns, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
E. surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops

Can anyone explain me, why is the use of due to correct in option 1. I thought due to can only modify noun but here it seem to be modifying "appeal" which is a verb.

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Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene,violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops among people in their common quest to conquer nature.

• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,
an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops
surfing’s appeal is its unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable
backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and developing camaraderie
• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is, by turns, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
• surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops

time consuming because of lengthy and multi-braked structure.

B,C - Modifier inconsistency
D, E - change meaning
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Experts please help me understand how does due to("caused by") modify the noun "people" in the correct option ... surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline....
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Experts please help me understand how does due to("caused by") modify the noun "people" in the correct option ... surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline....

hi ,
you are perfectly right in your concepts....so you will not see such ambiguity in official questions...
but for the sake of practice ..as all option contain DUE TO..just consider other errors..and move..
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Experts please help me understand how does due to("caused by") modify the noun "people" in the correct option ... surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline....

While this point is gramatically correct, in most writing "due to" is used as an expression meaning something close to "because". An official GMAT question may not have a sentence with this technical error, but it is important to understand that the other four answers have much more major, and gramatically clear problems so A has to be the answer.
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07 Jul 2013, 14:04
the first issue I would take on in this problem is the misplaced modifier which is made clear from the opening descriptive phrase "Originally developed..."

This errro eliminates B and C because "surfing's appeal" was not developed by Hawaiians.

E has a glaring pro noun error - refering to "surfing" with the word "their"

D - when comparing A and D, you notice that A has "unpredictable backdrop" and D has "A backdrop that is unpredictable" this wordiness makes A a better answer. D also has parallelism problems and incorrectly says that the backdrop is "serenly violent"
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Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene,violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops among people in their common quest to conquer nature.

• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,
an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops
• surfing’s appeal is its unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable
backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
• surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and developing camaraderie
• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is, by turns, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable, and thecamaraderie that often develops
• surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops

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Surfing is singular. hence appeals is the correct verb to use. B and C are out. In E "their" changes the meaning of the sentence. Between A and D, D is out because it un-necessarily adds a appositive : a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is... hence A.
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07 Jul 2013, 23:43
Hi Cumulonimbus,

B's major error is early on:

Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing’s appeal

This is suggesting that 'surfing's appeal' was developed by ancient Hawaiians. This is not correct of course. it was surfing that was developed.

Take a look at some of the other answer choices, their wording eliminates this issue.

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Hi guys… can someone help explain the problem below?

I am used to [X and Y] and [X,Y, and Z] structures on GMAT questions. Since I am not a native-speaker and any changes in meaning are the most difficult/time consuming problems for me, I am usually trying to analyze questions ‘structurally’ first. Here in option A we have the following construction:

Surfing appeals ... due to X, Y, and Z (this is fine).

X= the sport’s unusual confluence. Ok.
Y= that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable (?)

My question is about internal construction of Y: that is [graceful and serene], [violent and formidable] – why we do not have conjunction AND here, between two elements? Don't we have a structure X,Y instead of X and Y here?

I was going through ‘parallelism’ set of questions and missed this one (picked D) just because I believed the form [X AND Y] should always be consistent.

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Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene,violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops among people in their common quest to conquer nature.

Meaning: Surfing is originally developed by AH. Surfing appeals to people due to X,Y and high paced maneuvering. high paced maneuvering is an unpredictable backdrop that is graceful and serene, violet and formidable and that is camaraderie often develops among people.

A) surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops - Correct as it is.

B) surfing’s appeal is its unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
Surfing was developed by AH and not it's appeal.

C) surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and developing camaraderie
Surfing was developed by AH and not it's appeal.

D) surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is, by turns, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable, and thecamaraderie that often develops
Instead of modifying the "an unpredictable backdrop", not graceful and serene are modifying violent and formidable. Changes the meaning which is really not required.

E) surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
It is not people unusual confluence of X,Y and Z but the sport's.

My doubt is regarding the article : due-to-vs-because-of-140393.html or how-to-debunk-due-to-because-of-provide-eg-174050.html#p1393608
Here in the correct choice, surfing appeals to people due to X. due to modifies appeal. But per the article, the due to can modify only the noun. In fact if we disregard the modifier issue, Option C) is will be correct "surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering" considering the article.
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A couple of people have written "you won't see 'due to' used in this way in an official GMAT question." Well, if this question actually comes from the "Official Guide," then that just doesn't make any sense. It makes more sense that the question originated elsewhere. I looked at one of the other threads below, and it seems this question may actually come from Manhattan GMAT instead.
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andrewsj214 wrote:
A couple of people have written "you won't see 'due to' used in this way in an official GMAT question." Well, if this question actually comes from the "Official Guide," then that just doesn't make any sense. It makes more sense that the question originated elsewhere. I looked at one of the other threads below, and it seems this question may actually come from Manhattan GMAT instead.

In fact you may actually be correct. I got this here :
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/ori ... t1013.html

And it seems as if this question is not from Official sources at all.
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"due to" is used wrongly in all answer choices. goodbye to this question
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21 Sep 2014, 11:55
Very long sentence -- seems to be easy one! its always like that with GMAT. but will take some time to spot error but its not that nasty. I always feel comfortable with SC questions which are long underlined question. Back to question.

first their is a list and modifier tested here.

Its clear that Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, <logical modifier here>
eliminated by scanning...B & C out.

Now parallelism:
A,D and E: I don't see anything wrong in A. In D, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable is not parallel so out. In E, surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, their is wrong. Clear A is the winner.

OA: A.

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Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene,violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops among people in their common quest to conquer nature.

• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,
an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops
• surfing’s appeal is its unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable
backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that often develops
• surfing’s appeal to people is due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and developing camaraderie
• surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering,a backdrop that is unpredictable and that is, by turns, gracefully and serenely violent and formidable, and thecamaraderie that often develops
• surfing appeals to people due to their unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced maneuvering, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable, and the camaraderie that
often develops

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Hi guys… can someone help explain the problem below?

I am used to [X and Y] and [X,Y, and Z] structures on GMAT questions. Since I am not a native-speaker and any changes in meaning are the most difficult/time consuming problems for me, I am usually trying to analyze questions ‘structurally’ first. Here in option A we have the following construction:

Surfing appeals ... due to X, Y, and Z (this is fine).

X= the sport’s unusual confluence. Ok.
Y= that is, by turns, graceful and serene, violent and formidable (?)

My question is about internal construction of Y: that is [graceful and serene], [violent and formidable] – why we do not have conjunction AND here, between two elements? Don't we have a structure X,Y instead of X and Y here?

I was going through ‘parallelism’ set of questions and missed this one (picked D) just because I believed the form [X AND Y] should always be consistent.

Thanks a lot.

Dear experts,

No one has addressed the above issue, although it was raised in 2013!!

Isn't an "and" required between "serene" and "violent" instead of a comma??
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