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A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors had elected early retirement rather than face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

(A) had elected early retirement rather than face
(B) had elected early retirement instead of facing
(C) have elected retiring early instead of facing
(D) have elected to retire early rather than facing
(E) have elected to retire early rather than face
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14 Jun 2006, 14:51
(E) have elected to retire early rather than face

rising is current... so had wouldn't be appropriate...

instead of doesn't sound right..

facing also doesn't sound right...
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14 Jun 2006, 15:07
selene wrote:
A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors had elected early retirement rather than face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

(A) had elected early retirement rather than face
(B) had elected early retirement instead of facing
(C) have elected retiring early instead of facing
(D) have elected to retire early rather than facing
(E) have elected to retire early rather than face

Should be E
have elected to retire early rather than face (to face)
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14 Jun 2006, 15:25
A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors had elected early retirement rather than face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

(D) have elected to retire early rather than facing

Why not D. I think D is better in terms of llism.

facing........rising costs...
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14 Jun 2006, 16:14
Hi, kinda new here but will definitely be participating more.

I think E:

A and B are out since "recent" should be paired with present tense.

C is out since "instead of" is not idiomatic for the sentence.

D is out since "to retire" doesn't match with "facing" but will match with "to face" in E, so E would be the best answer.

What is OA?
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14 Jun 2006, 16:20
BCC145 wrote:
Hi, kinda new here but will definitely be participating more.

I think E:

A and B are out since "recent" should be paired with present tense.

C is out since "instead of" is not idiomatic for the sentence.

D is out since "to retire" doesn't match with "facing" but will match with "to face" in E, so E would be the best answer.

What is OA?

Hi BCC145,
It is always nice to see the participants. Keep the spirit up

But it is too early to post the OA now. Let's have some other friends answer the question as well
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14 Jun 2006, 16:23
Thanks for the welcome.

I see. I will wait to see the OA then.
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14 Jun 2006, 16:48
(A) had elected early retirement(noun phrase) rather than face(verb)
(B) had elected early retirement (noun phrase) instead of facing (gerund)
(C) have elected retiring early instead of facing (gerund)
(D) have elected to retire early rather than facing (gerund)
(E) have elected to retire early rather than face (implying "to", which is infinitive)

In D gerund can't be || to an infinitive "to retire"

so E is the only || answer
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14 Jun 2006, 19:27
Straight E.
Some top-notch explainations already given.
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14 Jun 2006, 19:33
selene wrote:
A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors had elected early retirement rather than face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

(A) had elected early retirement rather than face
(B) had elected early retirement instead of facing
(C) have elected retiring early instead of facing
(D) have elected to retire early rather than facing
(E) have elected to retire early rather than face

since recent study, therefore present tense,,,,,
since preference of one thing over other,,,,hence rather than,,,,

parallelism

have elected to retire early rather than (to ) face.....

so ans (E)
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14 Jun 2006, 20:25
Will go with E.

A/B tense problem
C - instead of is incorrect.
D - Not ||
E - || and has the correct tense "have"
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14 Jun 2006, 21:04
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A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors had elected early retirement rather than face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

(D) have elected to retire early rather than facing

Why not D. I think D is better in terms of llism.

facing........rising costs...

E it is.

D is || but we need ||ism at different place.

A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors have elected to retire early rather than (to) face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

"to" is generally not required in the second and subsequent parts of a || structure.
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15 Jun 2006, 02:43

OA is ^ E ^

"have elected to retire early rather than face "

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15 Jun 2006, 17:00
Can someone please explain why 'instead of' is unidiomatic.

Are there some rules around the use of 'instead of' as with 'not only...but also' that we need to keep in mind

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15 Jun 2006, 17:52
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Can someone please explain why 'instead of' is unidiomatic.

Are there some rules around the use of 'instead of' as with 'not only...but also' that we need to keep in mind

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'Instead of ' in this context is unidiomatic...

..study has found ....,many doctors have ..
Verbs in the above statement demands the verbs that follow to be in parallel and, if possible, simple , which is quite straight forwad as in 'E'.
Moreover it is a study so doesn't make sense to use '-ing' participle..

I am voicing my reasoning and explanations as I would like to refine them and tune it with the best among this forum...
Excuse me if there are mistakes and kindly correct them...
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15 Jun 2006, 20:20
hdakshina wrote:
Can someone please explain why 'instead of' is unidiomatic.

Are there some rules around the use of 'instead of' as with 'not only...but also' that we need to keep in mind

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"instead of" means "in place of".
"rather than" also means the same.
However, we use 'instead of' or 'rather than' based on the context.

In the given SC, there are following points to be pondered:
1. We need 'have elected' to correct the tense error. So only C, D and E have this need.
2. Among C, D and E, we can knock out C because D and E has 'have elected to retire' i.e an infinitive form which is simple and preferrable.
3. In D, 'facing' is not parallel to 'to retire' so D is out.
4. In E, 'face' is parallel to 'to retire'. Actually we could have used 'to face' so that sentence would look like:
A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors have elected to retire early rather than (to) face the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

Coming to your question: "why not 'instead of'??
In this SC, we nailed down to option D and E because of 'have elected to retire' so if we want to use 'instead of' in place of 'rather than' then sentences would look like:

D (Modified) - have elected to retire early instead of facing
Though we can very well replace 'rather than' by 'instead of' but 'facing' is not parallel to 'to retire'.

E (Modified) - have elected to retire early instead of face
Here 'instead of face' is not at all proper construction.

Right now I can think of following sentence in which IMO 'instead of' has been used properly.Also "retiring" is parallel to "facing".

Ex- A recent study has found that within the past few years, many doctors have thought of retiring early instead of facing the threats of lawsuits and the rising costs of malpractice insurance.

Remember that "instead of" is a preposition and "rather than" is a preposition as well as a conjuction.

When the main clause has a to-infinitive, rather than is usually followed by an infinitive without to (this is what we have to use in the given SC). An â€“ing form is also possible, especially at the beginning of a sentence.
Ex- Rather than writing a mail, I decided to call him.

Others, please point out if I have made any mistake while giving the explanantion.

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Brajesh
15 Jun 2006, 20:20
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