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The origin of silk production in central China can at least partially

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The origin of silk production in central China can at least partially be because of the reason that the warm and humid climate is suitable for the cultivation of mulberry trees, the silkworm’s primary food source.

A) The origin of silk production in central China can at least partially be because of the reason that

B) Silk production having originated in central China, one reason is

C) That silk production originated in central China is, at least partially, the reason

D) One reason that silk production originated in central China is that

E) Silk production originated in central China, with one reason for this being

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The origin of silk production in central China can at least partially be because of the reason that the warm and humid climate is suitable for the cultivation of mulberry trees, the silkworm’s primary food source.
A) The origin of silk production in central China can at least partially be because of the reason that
B) Silk production having originated in central China, one reason is
C) That silk production originated in central China is, at least partially, the reason
D) One reason that silk production originated in central China is that
E) Silk production originated in central China, with one reason for this being

MahmoudFawzy wrote:
A) The origin of silk production in central China can at least partially be because of the reason that
Overly awkward and wordy expression "be because of the reason". Only using the word "Because" is preferred.
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B) Silk production having originated in central China, one reason is
"Silk production having originated in central China" is modifying "One reason". Nonsensical
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C) That silk production originated in central China is, at least partially, the reason
"That silk production ... is ... the reason the warm climate" is not the the correct meaning
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D) One reason that silk production originated in central China is that
This is the correct answer choice. It clearly and precisely communicates the intended meaning of the sentence.
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E) Silk production originated in central China, with one reason for this being
"Being" is incorrect.
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

This sentence is extremely confusing because it uses too many words and roundabout phrases, like "because of the reason that," to try to communicate its idea. The answer choices don't change the tenses of any verbs or trick us with any pronouns; this question is just about the clearest way to phrase the sentence. In that case, we can often count on the shortest option to be the best, and that is true here.

We've already seen that choice (A) is extremely confusing, so it's out.

Choices (B) and (E) are wrong because they unnecessarily use -ing verbs, and (C) won't work because it structures the sentence in a very confusing way.

Choice (D) best conveys the idea with clear, active verbs.

The correct answer is Choice (D).

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