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South Korea has witnessed the worldâ€™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 populationâ€™s increasing
(D) is from conversions instead of population increases
(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population
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24 Dec 2006, 06:01
I pick B too. However, I have a question why does the sentence say "increases in population". Isn't population singular? So, shouldn't it be "an increase in population" ?

Is increases being tied to "two-thirds" here? How can that be?

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24 Dec 2006, 06:14
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I pick B too. However, I have a question why does the sentence say "increases in population". Isn't population singular? So, shouldn't it be "an increase in population" ?

Is increases being tied to "two-thirds" here? How can that be?

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probably it represents the growth in several increments
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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
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23 Sep 2011, 15:17
Ans: B is correct

The usage in this context "rather than increases in the population" correctly indicates that the growth in the church membership is from the increase in the population.
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30 Sep 2011, 09:01
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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

Two splits here -
1. "rather than" vs "instead of".
"Instead of" is used to compare nouns

2. coming from/is coming from
We need coming from since "fully two-thirds of the growth ..." is a modifier
Hence (D) and (E) are out.

(A) Incorrect - "rather than the population increasing"
(C) Incorrect - "instead of the population’s increasing"

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[quote="mehtakaustubh"]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 A rather than B ,Aand B are not parallel

(B) coming from conversions rather than increases in the population conversions A rather than B parallel,also the modifier coming from conversions ........is correctly modifying church member expanding. So its the best option.

(C) coming from conversions instead of the population’s increasing parallelism error

(D) is from conversions instead of population increases modifier error

(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population modifier error
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01 Dec 2011, 01:49
I was torn between A and B.
A meant only a population increase should cause the conversion which is wrong and again it lacked parallelism
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01 Dec 2011, 02:07
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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

"rather than" is more correct, "instead of" will refuse the growth of Christian coming from increase in population.

"conversions" is action noun, so it should parallel with other action noun, "increases" win. The correct choice here is B.
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10 Dec 2011, 01:00
B is correct because of parallelism.
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29 Jun 2013, 23:44
The reason I eliminated option B was because I thought it should be 'increase' instead of 'increases'. Any comments on usage of increases?
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30 Jun 2013, 06:21
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

Parallel markers:
from _______ rather than ________

(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
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24 Oct 2013, 08:56
WE do not need to care about "rather than", and "instead of" for this problem.

- "increase in something" is idiom

the second thing is the use of doing

when there is a noun, we do not use "doing" to refer to a general action but use the noun. when there is no noun (there is no "learnation"), we have to use "doing" to refer to a general action. but remember, "doing" is often used to refer to an action of a specific noun in the sentence. for example

I learn english by speaking it all day.
in this sentence, "speaking" refers to "I".

there is justification for the use "increasing" in this sentence because there is noun "increase". This is gmat rule, which is shown in many gmatprep questions. we have to infer this rule by studying gmatprep questions because no grammar books explain this rule.
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13 Sep 2016, 08:42
Got confused because of "increases in the population". I think if "increase" is used, the question will become less confusing, more grammatically correct and easy to answer.
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13 Sep 2016, 10:04
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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 populationâ€™s increasing
(D) is from conversions instead of population increases
(E) is from conversions rather than increasing the population

Here a comparison is used so , rather than must be used ( options C & D can be rejected )

 Rather than is generally used in 'parallel' structures. e.g - with two nouns, adjectives, adverbs, infinitives or -ing forms.

So , the usage " conversions rather than increases in the population " is absolutely correct and answer must be (B)
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