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By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new town hall so large that only St. Peter's in Rome, the escorial in Spain, and the Palazza Ducale in Venice could rival it for scale or magnificence.

A) could rival it for
B) were the rivals of it in their
C) were its rival as to
D) could be its rivals in their
E) were rivaling its
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22 Sep 2004, 11:30
B.

Only B and D needs some consideration. D seems to change the meaning of the sentence.
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22 Sep 2004, 14:15
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By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new town hall so large that only St. Peter's in Rome, the escorial in Spain, and the Palazza Ducale in Venice could rival it for scale or magnificence.

A) could rival it for
B) were the rivals of it in their
C) were its rival as to
D) could be its rivals in their
E) were rivaling its

Paul, you have to explain this in detail to us.
My vote is for A.

I chose A only beacause it sounds correct to me.
I would like to know the proper reasoning - why the others are wrong and
how such questions are to be tackled.
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22 Sep 2004, 18:01
we need to say someting like

'so big that only something can rival it'
not
'so big that only something are rival it'

could is the past tense of can, and we need a past tense because the time line of this question is in the past.

So we're left with A and D.

By selecting A, are we creating any confusion with the pronoun modifying the wrong subject ? I don't think so, it clearly refers the Amsterdam town hall, not to St Peter's, the escorial or the Palazza Ducale.

So I'll go with A, since it's more concise.
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22 Sep 2004, 20:31
A for me. The sentence is subjunctive mood with the word that
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23 Sep 2004, 17:43
OA is A
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23 Sep 2004, 21:41
Could someone explain why A ?

Why not E? i know nobody looked at it at all....
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25 Sep 2004, 06:09
Is there any tense agreement here to justify subjunctive rather than simple past ? No hidden "future in the past" concept ?
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08 Oct 2005, 18:21
Folks ,

Another old grave,

Please discuss why is A (OA) better than E ?
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08 Oct 2005, 19:29
Agreed on the OA being A, but for the sake of mastery could you please post the OE Paul? Is it because of the subjunctive mood?
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27 Dec 2012, 08:41
Hey.. Can you please explain why A? ... I am not comfortable with "rival for"
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27 Dec 2012, 10:56
roopika2990 wrote:
Hey.. Can you please explain why A? ... I am not comfortable with "rival for"

I choose A as well. My best explanation is that the buildings aren't actively rivaling each other in some kind of death-match competition, which E makes it sound like.
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