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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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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 13:15
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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


B,C,E are out -- Uncertainity vs Certaintiy.
orginal sentence say "could" (posibility -not certain)
these 3 options uses "were" --> certainity

Between A and D

D=
X,Y AND Z could be P's rivals in their [X,Y,Z]'s scale or magnificence -- their refer only X,Y,Z and not town hall (P)

see below examples

Obama and Clinton are rivals in their[ Obama and Clinton]'s party. -- Correct.

John Edward joined the Democratic party recently. Obama and Clinton could be John's rivals in their [[ Obama and Clinton]'s party -- Wrong their--not refering to John Edwards... so its not proper comparision

John, Obama and Clinton are Presidential nomines for 2008 elections. Obama and Clinton could be John's rivals in their [ John, Obama and Clinton ]'s party
-- correct

Correct me if I am wrong..

A) X,Y and Z could rival P for scale or magnificence.

correct idiom (Rival X for Y)
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 22:55
Please explain this question clearly...I still don't understand. Doesn't COULD refer to a future action whereas WERE refers to a past action?
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 12:28
Anyone have the OA for this? I think its A...nothing wrong with it in its original form...and D uses too much of a passive voice.
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 18:11
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Please explain this question clearly...I still don't understand. Doesn't COULD refer to a future action whereas WERE refers to a past action?

Lion heart could can also be used for possibility. Use 'Were' for certainity and 'Could' for possibility...we can only say that 'possibly' XYZ could rival ABC....you can used google for the uses of COULD
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 06:10
I understand the known vs unknown problem, and noticed it when I answered the question, but I picked E.

Don't we need a verb in the simple past somewhere in the sentence because of "HAD BUILT" in the non-underlined part of sentence? If so, "were" would be required, and E would be the only possibility (even though it is awkward).
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 06:28
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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


Will go for A, Didn't find anything wrong in it.
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2011, 08:18
A it has to be because of the certainty
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