I learnt form this forum - "George is a dog rather than a cat." is wrong
Someone said "rather than" show preference. Georage does not have a choice between dog and cat. We should use instead of.
Question from OG:
Recently discovered fossil remains strongly suggest that the Australian eff-laying mammals of today are a branch of the main stern of mammalian evolution rather than developing independently from a common ancestor of mammals more than 220 million years ago.
(B) rather than a type that developed independently from
(C) rather than a type whose development was independent of
(D) instead of developing independently from
(E) instead of a development that was independent of
I immediately rule out (A), (B) and (C) because of the dog-cat rule above.
The OA is (B) and the explanation said both "rather than" and "instead of" are ok.
Please kindly advise.
You should not be victim of the rule. Better is Be flexible! Because the sentence here relies on the parallelism: "a branch"...."a type" or branch. In addition, you should find out what modifies best "a type", it will be correct option!
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