Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 25 Oct 2014, 04:00

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 01 Jan 2012
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 16:19
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  15% (low)

Question Stats:

65% (01:45) correct 35% (00:49) wrong based on 37 sessions
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


Can someone please explain this?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 19 Mar 2012
Posts: 174
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.69
WE: Analyst (Mutual Funds and Brokerage)
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 26 [0], given: 13

Re: By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a n [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 16:33
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
Correct

(B) were the rivals of it in their
Incorrect: The original sentence said that the three buildings "could" rival it, which means its a possibility that they could rival the new town hall. In this choice "were" the rivals assumes that the three buildings actually were (100% certain) rivals of the new town hall, which changes the meaning of the original sentence.

(C) were its rival as to
Incorrect: Same reasoning as (B), and also, the proper idiom is rival X for Y (rival it for scale/magnificence). This uses rival X as to Y/.

(D) could be its rivals in their
Incorrect: "Their" refers only to the other three buildings, excluding the new town hall

(E) were rivaling its
Incorrect: Same reasoning as (B)
Re: By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a n   [#permalink] 10 Apr 2012, 16:33
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
5 By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new maybeam 3 08 Jul 2012, 04:03
By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new kostyan5 4 10 Nov 2011, 19:05
By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new sidbidus 3 04 Jul 2007, 08:17
By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new Futuristic 5 24 Aug 2006, 10:49
By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new ashkg 0 16 Jun 2005, 16:20
Display posts from previous: Sort by

By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.