South Korea has witnessed the world’s most dramatic growth of Christian congregations; church membership is expanding by 6.6 percent a year, fully two-thirds of the growth coming from conversions rather than the population increasing.
(A) coming from conversions rather than the population increasing
(B) coming from conversions rather than increases in the population
(C) coming from conversions instead of the population’s increasing
(D) is from conversions instead of population increases
(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population
Can someone explain why D is wrong and B is accurate?
since we are comparing verbs - 'conversion' and 'increase', 'rather' is preferred. Eliminate C D E.
in A 'conversions rather than the population' breaks ||ism.
in B 'conversions rather than increases' maintains ||ism.