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# "We have succeeded DUE TO THE FACT THAT we work"Wrong?Why?

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Hello! Again a doubt from Manhattan SC guide Pg 143 idioms. It mentions that "We have succeeded DUE TO THE FACT THAT we work hard." is wrong use of FACT THAT. But "Due to the Fact that" is common English Idiomatic Expression. Please elaborate. Thanks in advance!!!

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17 Jul 2014, 07:41
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Hi there,

You ask a question pertaining to the idiom that continues to confuse a lot of GMAT takers. On GMAT, "due to" and "because of" are used very specifically.

The sentence that you have mentioned is incorrect because here "due to" has been used to present the reason for a action. Here "due to" modifies the action "have succeeded". This is considered in correct on GMAT. Only "because of" can present reason for actions.

For more details and example on the usage of these two idioms, please read the following article:

due-to-vs-because-of-140393.html

Hope this helps.
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Thumb Rule:

Something must be DUE TO something else
the "something" needs to be a NOUN or something behaving like a NOUN.
Ask this question "WHAT was due to WHAT"? Are you getting an answer of the WHAT? If you are, then the usage is OK. (Remember what can only be answered by a NOUN or something behaving LIKE a noun)

We have succeeded DUE TO THE FACT THAT we work hard

What was due to What?
Success was due to the fact.

2 things wrong.
1. Success is not even in the sentence. (This is your doubt)
2. Success can't be achieved by a fact but an action. (This is extraneous information, albeit useful)

Another example

The math was postponed due to rain.

What was due to rain? Postponement. But I do not have Postponement. I have the verb which DOES not work. So the usage is wrong.

Does this help?
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