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Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould has argued that many biological traits are not the products of natural selection, favored due to their enhancement of reproduction or survival, but that they are simply random by-products of other evolutionary developments.

A due to their enhancement of reproduction or survival, but that they are

B due to the reproduction or survival they enhance, but they are

C because they enhance reproduction or survival, but

D because they enhance reproduction or survival, but are

E because of enhancing reproduction or survival, but are

none of the answer choices have the parallelism – not x but y vs. is not x but is y. how do we select the correct answer?
Also, because of/due to - can someone explain. Thanks.

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New post 26 Jan 2009, 10:54
I will go for C. It shows the construction "not X but Y".

"due to" needs to be followed by a subject. "because of" can be followed by a clause.

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Only two idioms are right:
1. Not X but Y
2. Not only X but also Y

Hence C is right.
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Agree with C, but the issue is that OA is D.

Any thoughts?

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New post 27 Jan 2009, 01:57
I think, this is because without "are" option C gets ambiguos due to the middlemen "because....". It is not clear whether "but" compares the second part to the middlemen or to the first part after "not".

Other thoughts?

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