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# Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food

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Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food that is unhealthy and fattening rather than being both low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates.

rather than being

rather than one that is

rather than one that has

instead of being one that is

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10 Nov 2006, 10:44
I think B follow the parallel rule better

potato is a food that is unhealthy and fattening ... than one that is both low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates.
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10 Nov 2006, 11:26
I choose B.
A is out because it indicates on the short-term effect - being smth, but one that is better introduces the qualities of potato. Instead is out and choice see is wrong because we cannot say that potato has low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates
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10 Nov 2006, 11:31
I'll give the oA in alittle while. I want to see some more posts. Meanwhile, can someone please explain when to use "rather than" and when to use "instead of"
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10 Nov 2006, 11:31
I'll give the OA in a little while. I want to see some more posts. In the meantime, can someone please explain when to use "rather than" and when to use "instead of". I seem to be getting a lot of wuestions wrong because of this.
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10 Nov 2006, 12:49

'rather than' can only be replaced by 'instead of ' if its followed by a NOUN or a noun phrase.

Eg:- I decided to skip lunch rather than eat in the cafeteria again â€“ rather than + verb
I decided to skip lunch instead of eating in the cafeteria again â€“ in stead of + noun phrase
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10 Nov 2006, 18:45
B......for parallelism

is unhealthy and fattening .......rather than one that is

For GMAT u can remember that ......'rather than' is almost always prefered to 'instead of' in GMAT questions
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11 Nov 2006, 12:44
I chose A too. The OA is B for parallelism.

Thanks for the tips of instead of vs rather than
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11 Nov 2006, 22:08

'rather than' can only be replaced by 'instead of ' if its followed by a NOUN or a noun phrase.

Eg:- I decided to skip lunch rather than eat in the cafeteria again â€“ rather than + verb
I decided to skip lunch instead of eating in the cafeteria again â€“ in stead of + noun phrase

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11 Nov 2006, 22:33
the only possible contenders are B and D for "THAT IS" ending

"BEING" is always wrong in GMAT, so D is out

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12 Nov 2006, 07:04
u2lover wrote:
the only possible contenders are B and D for "THAT IS" ending

"BEING" is always wrong in GMAT, so D is out

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almost always wrong. Sometimes it can be used in the middle of a sentence.

The second action is implied in the latter part of this sentence.

Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food that is unhealthy and fattening rather than (believe that it is) one that is both low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates.
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23 Jan 2012, 08:33

'rather than' can only be replaced by 'instead of ' if its followed by a NOUN or a noun phrase.

Eg:- I decided to skip lunch rather than eat in the cafeteria again â€“ rather than + verb
I decided to skip lunch instead of eating in the cafeteria again â€“ in stead of + noun phrase

sir can you explain your example with one more example,,,
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Re: Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food [#permalink]

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23 Jan 2012, 12:09
Hi,
@g.matter, mohan514: You ask a very valid question. Here is the difference in the usage of “rather than” and “instead of”.

“Rather than” is generally used to show the preference for one thing over the other. Commonly, we see this expression used in sentences that pertains to parallelism (for example in the original sentence).

For example:

a. I will buy the blue tie rather than the red.

b. She decided to stay home rather than going out in the snow.

“Instead of” is used to denote a substitute for the other. Also use of verbs is considered incorrect after “instead of”.

For example:

a. I bought the blue tie instead of the red.

b. She ate popcorn instead of marshmallows.

In the original sentence, use of “instead of” is incorrect because here one quality of potato is not a substitute for another quality of the vegetable. The sentence talks about a wrong notion prevalent among people. People believe in one quality of potato rather than the other quality of it. The intended meaning of the sentence makes the use of “instead of” incorrect here.

Hope this help.

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Re: Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food   [#permalink] 23 Jan 2012, 12:09
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