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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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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 16:14
I m confused between B & C... But i pick C for clear meaning. Whats OA

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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 17:31
I pick B.

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

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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 03:36
i'll go for C too.... whats the OA?
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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 21:05
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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



Hi All,
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)

If any question, please revert.


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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 21:13
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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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 11:14
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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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 12:54
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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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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 13:01
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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 02:44
+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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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 10:12
I know C changes the meaning .. but isn't C more clear than B??
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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 10:26
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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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Re: SC - 700 level - couples [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 10:27
+1 for B rather then (idiomatic) + verb Parallelism
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