By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new town hall so large that only St. Peter’s in Rome, the Escorial in Spain, and the Palazza Ducale in Venice could rival it for scale or magnificence.
(A) could rival it for
(B) were the rivals of it in their
(C) were its rival as to
(D) could be its rivals in their
(E) were rivaling its
I picked choise (C) but i dont know why (A) is the best one? does anyone know why?
Rival <something> for is the correct idiom.
I am not aware of any such idiom. That does not mean that you are wrong. I want to know where you read it / found it.
To me this Q is certainty/uncertainty. B C E and make it a certainty and hence out. Between A & D, D is out as it is long and awkward.
'Rival <something> for' sound correct to my ears, that's why I went for it.
But I agree with you that this question is certainty/uncertainty based question.