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Recent psychological literature strongly suggests that couples will be more successful in marriage if they share common hobbies
rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship
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A. rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship
B. rather than cultivate activities outside of the relationship
C. rather than cultivate activities that do not involve their partners
D. instead of cultivating distinct activities
E. instead of cultivating activities outside of the relationship
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I m confused between B & C... But i pick C for clear meaning. Whats OA

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I pick B.

rather than > instead of. C looks a little out of place. What is the OA?

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i'll go for C too.... whats the OA?
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Recent psychological literature strongly suggests that couples will be more successful in marriage if they share common hobbies rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship.

rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship
rather than cultivate activities outside of the relationship
rather than cultivate activities that do not involve their partners
instead of cultivating distinct activities
instead of cultivating activities outside of the relationship



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IMO B.
Here is my reasoning.
Apart from grammar, C unnecessary include phrase "do not involve their parents".

Now among A, B, D, E.

1. "Instead of" is preposition so always should be followed by Noun.
D and E is out because "cultivating activities outside of the relationship" and "cultivating distinct activities" is not noun.

2. "Rather than" is always preferred in GMAT
a) It can be followed by anything (verb, phrase,noun .....).
b) it always represent softer replacement whereas "instead of " represent harder replacement.
Now between A and B.
rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship
rather than cultivate activities outside of the relationship

I selected B for parallelism ( share ................ cultivate)

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IMO B
It follows an idiomatic structure - X rather than Y. In this form, X and Y have to be parallel.
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i chose B, though was initially confused between A and B
GMAT prefers 'rather than' to 'instead of'- so ruled out D.E
C looks out of place
B over A because share and cultivate are parallel
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Whats wrong with E?


*Instead of* is a preposition and it can only be used with a noun, not with the phrase. In contrast, use of *rather than* is liberal.
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+1 B

Parallelism.
"Rather than" is prefered by the GMAT, but be careful. Please, make sure that the meaning and sense is Ok.
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I know C changes the meaning .. but isn't C more clear than B??
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I know C changes the meaning .. but isn't C more clear than B??


C changes the meaning by introducing new phrase, hence not a correct choice.
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+1 for B rather then (idiomatic) + verb Parallelism
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Recent psychological literature strongly suggests that couples will be more successful in marriage
if they share common hobbies
rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship
.

share is not parallel to cultivating.

A. rather than cultivating activities outside of the relationship
B. rather than cultivate activities outside of the relationship
C. rather than cultivate activities that do not involve their partners
D. instead of cultivating distinct activities
E. instead of cultivating activities outside of the relationship

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Scan and Group the Answer Choices:

Notice the 3-2 split between “cultivate” and “cultivating.” Choices (A), (D), and (E) all use "cultivating.” This is not parallel because "cultivating” is not conjugated in the same fashion as “share.” Eliminate choices (A), (D), and (E).

Eliminate Wrong Answer Choices:

Choices (B) and (C) both use proper parallel structure; however, choice (C) introduces another problem. In choice (C), there is the phrase "activities that do not involve their partners." The use of the possessive pronoun "their" does not make sense in this context; the pronoun “they” was already used earlier in this sentence to refer back to “couples.” It would not be correct to say "cultivate activities that do not involve the couples’ partners," so it is not correct to replace “the couples’" with "their." It is not the couple that has a partner; it is each member of the couple that has a partner.

Answer Choice (B) is correct.
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