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

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193. By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new town hall so large that only St. Peterâ€™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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04 May 2007, 09:33
Can anyone explain the reason for A, why we did not select were instead of "could"
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04 May 2007, 10:05
Remember,its is a possessive pronoun.
Now,lets see this one:

(A) could rival it for
---Correct
(B) were the rivals of it in their
---their has no referent
(C) were its rival as to
---its has no clear referent: St. Peter's or town hall
(D) could be its rivals in their
---their has no referent
(E) were rivaling its
---its has no clear referent: St. Peter's or town hall
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04 May 2007, 10:59
vineetgupta wrote:
Remember,its is a possessive pronoun.
Now,lets see this one:

(A) could rival it for
---Correct
(B) were the rivals of it in their
---their has no referent
(C) were its rival as to
---its has no clear referent: St. Peter's or town hall
(D) could be its rivals in their
---their has no referent
(E) were rivaling its
---its has no clear referent: St. Peter's or town hall

Thanks vineet, now A looks correct to me ...but still I dont agree for the reason you quoted for C option, I believe "Its" is fine there but to me "as to" looks awkward
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