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By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built
a new town hall so large that only St. PeterтАЩs 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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By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built
a new town hall so large that only St. PeterтАЩs 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

choice A is b/c the use of "it" is too ambiguous
choice B sounded very awkward rivals of it in their (it and their not too clear what they're representing)
choice C rival should be plural as in"rivals"
choice E wrong gerund usage of "rivaling' and what "its" is also ambiguous here.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 12:19
I will go with A here.

"it" is not ambiguous because it is singular and clearly distiguishes between other buildings and what Amsterdam had built

B) is awkward construction with "rivals of it" More than that it is not concise. It should be written as "were its rivals"
C) ""as to" is used to give reasons and using it in this sentence changes the meaning and makes it awkward as well.
D) Makes it look as if Amsterdam build the new town with the intention to make other buildings rival the town hall ( unbelievable inference )
E) I cant even explain this

B and D are also out for using "in their"

The construction using "for" is smilar to the following

"Philly is known for its mouth watering cheese steak"
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