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# Will I master nuances of English language before taking

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Will I master nuances of English language before taking GMAT??? One more SC which has 2 very close answer choices.

Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.

(A) Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(B) The sex, class and place of residence have been the reason for her being denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(C) Owing to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(D) The near-empty pantheon of American literature has had no place for her, because of her sex, class and place of residence.
(E) The reason she was denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature is because of her sex, class and place of residence.

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21 Mar 2007, 22:43
A. incorrect
due to + noun phrase is correct usage
due to is not used with reasoning. Because of is used with reasoning

B. her being denied is incorrect. She has already been denied

C. Owing to has the same affect as due to, we need a because here

D. Correct

E. The reason ... because of ... is redundant
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22 Mar 2007, 02:31
Give me A!

B - subject-verb agreement [have (plural) - reason(singular)]
C - Owing to is akward
D - wrong verb tense (has had)
E - REdunddant (the reason - is because)

AimHigher wrote:
A. incorrect
due to + noun phrase is correct usage
due to is not used with reasoning. Because of is used with reasoning

due to <noun> is correct
because of <verb> is correct

because of <noun> is incorrect

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22 Mar 2007, 07:29
I am copy-pasting the following from Bartleby

"Due to and owing to mean just what because of means. All three are prepositions. Owing to fought and won its way to respectability a good while ago, and now due to has almost won its battle, although there is a residue of conservative unhappiness over it when it does not follow a linking verb, as in He arrived late, due to a flat tire. Some Edited English and Oratorical speech will still avoid such uses, but at all other levels all three locutions are Standard: Because of [owing to, due to] his having sprained his ankle, he walked with a cane. Because of [owing to, due to] his sprained ankle, he walked with a cane."

http://www.bartleby.com/68/75/2075.html

If this is the case, then A and C are equally right. So what should be the answer??

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22 Mar 2007, 10:30
I heard many times that if in GMAT two answers are almost equal, than it means that they are both wrong....
I like D here.
BTW there is nothing wrong with tense. Has had is present perfect of "to have"

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22 Mar 2007, 15:15
Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.

(A) Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(B) The sex, class and place of residence have been the reason for her being denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(C) Owing to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(D) The near-empty pantheon of American literature has had no place for her, because of her sex, class and place of residence. -- Correct
(E) The reason she was denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature is because of her sex, class and place of residence.

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22 Mar 2007, 16:38
I will go for C ...

Starting a sentence with "Due to" acts as a adjective and it doesnt fit correct...

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17 May 2007, 00:39
'Due to' means 'caused by'. It should be used when it can be substituted by 'caused by'.
Example:
Game was postponed due to rain. INCORRECT
Game's postponement was due to rain. CORRECT
Here 'due to' does not fit.

what's OA.

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Re: SC - pantheon of American literature [#permalink]

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17 May 2007, 12:30
GMAThopeful wrote:
Will I master nuances of English language before taking GMAT??? One more SC which has 2 very close answer choices.

Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.

(A) Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(B) The sex, class and place of residence have been the reason for her being denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(C) Owing to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(D) The near-empty pantheon of American literature has had no place for her, because of her sex, class and place of residence.
(E) The reason she was denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature is because of her sex, class and place of residence.

I think both A and D are grammatically correct. In D " The near empty" phrase changes the menaing of the sentence. I pick A .

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17 May 2007, 13:08
I go with C.

According to 'Strunk & White' - 'due to' is used only as a synonym for 'attributable to'

here - 'due to' means 'because of' atleast according to my understanding:)

What is the OA ?

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Re: SC - pantheon of American literature [#permalink]

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18 May 2007, 00:06
GMAThopeful wrote:
Will I master nuances of English language before taking GMAT??? One more SC which has 2 very close answer choices.

Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.

(A) Due to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(B) The sex, class and place of residence have been the reason for her being denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(C) Owing to her sex, class and place of residence, she has been denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature.
(D) The near-empty pantheon of American literature has had no place for her, because of her sex, class and place of residence.
(E) The reason she was denied her proper place in the near-empty pantheon of American literature is because of her sex, class and place of residence.

I go for (A)! in (C) 'owing to...' refers to she, which changes the meaning!? what is OA? cheers

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