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# Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth

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Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by traveling west.
A. Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.
B. Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.
C. Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.
D. Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.
E. Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.
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13 Oct 2009, 02:53
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Very good question. I learned something new. +1 to the poster

Between C and D.

'instead of' is always followed by a noun..so 'accepting' is a gerund..and C compares noun with a verb..
eg. Instead of <noun, e.g. a boat>, Columbus sailed west...- Incorrect
Rather than accept bla_bla, Columbus sailed....- correct

In short, 'rather than' should be used to compare verbs.
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30 Jan 2012, 01:03
manhattangmat flagged this question for revision. if you want to choose the correct option go with 'rather than' and 'whether'.
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Re: Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth   [#permalink] 30 Jan 2012, 01:03
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