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# A) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth

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(A) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(B)Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(C) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(D) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(E) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.

OA is D.

But I think in D, we should use "accepted" instead of "accept" because of "sailed"

Can you show me some lights? thanks.

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27 Jul 2008, 20:04
judokan wrote:
(A) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(B)Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(C) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(D) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(E) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.

OA is D.

But I think in D, we should use "accepted" instead of "accept" because of "sailed"

Can you show me some lights? thanks.

rather than is used to show preference of one over another
instead of is simply comparing two objects

i would have apple instead of orange -> here im just making a statement saying give me apple in place of orange

i would go for a movie rather than watching TV at home
here i prefer going for a movie than watching TV

in the given statement too
columbus prefers to sail accross rather than accept the truth
hence rather than is apt.
Hope i cleared the query
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27 Jul 2008, 21:57
judokan wrote:
(A) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(B)Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(C) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(D) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(E) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.

OA is D.

But I think in D, we should use "accepted" instead of "accept" because of "sailed"

Can you show me some lights? thanks.

Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

= Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India "rather than" [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

= CC sailed west to see rather than accept..
Its perfect...

"Sailed" is main verb....

e.g
She preferred to walk than [to] run.

I hope this helps you..

spriya,

Judokan is not asking the difference between "rather than" and "instead of"
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27 Jul 2008, 23:38
Hi Suresh,

Thanks for the explanation but it does not seem to make sense.

If “sailed” is the main word, we can rewrite the sentence as “sailed west to accept the conventional wisdom…” . this is not logically right.

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India
rather than (sailed west) [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

agree?
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28 Jul 2008, 09:52
x2suresh wrote:
judokan wrote:
(A) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(B)Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

(C) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(D) Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

(E) Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.

OA is D.

But I think in D, we should use "accepted" instead of "accept" because of "sailed"

Can you show me some lights? thanks.

Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

= Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India "rather than" [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

= CC sailed west to see rather than accept..
Its perfect...

"Sailed" is main verb....

e.g
She preferred to walk than [to] run.

I hope this helps you..

spriya,

Judokan is not asking the difference between "rather than" and "instead of"

apologies i misread the statement in hurry
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28 Jul 2008, 10:07
judokan wrote:
Hi Suresh,

Thanks for the explanation but it does not seem to make sense.

If “sailed” is the main word, we can rewrite the sentence as “sailed west to accept the conventional wisdom…” . this is not logically right.

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India
rather than (sailed west) [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

agree?

The subordinator rather than is followed by a bare infinitive clause when the matrix clause expresses the subject's preference. For example,

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than is generally best treated as a quasi-coordinator when it is used with matching forms in the clauses. For example,

They were screaming rather than singing.

She telephoned rather than wrote.

Rather than is a preposition, not a quasi-coordinator, when it is followed by an -ing participle clause that does not match the verb in the matrix clause. For example,

Their actions precipitated the war rather than averting it.

All the three forms are correct
here we use the very first form of rather than ,That is infinitive :

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India rather than [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

some more examples of the form are :

They obeyed the order rather than suffer torture or death.

Rather than suffer torture or death they obeyed the order.

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than Robert drive in his present state, I'd prefer to drive him home myself.

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28 Jul 2008, 10:08
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spriya wrote:
judokan wrote:
Hi Suresh,

Thanks for the explanation but it does not seem to make sense.

If “sailed” is the main word, we can rewrite the sentence as “sailed west to accept the conventional wisdom…” . this is not logically right.

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India
rather than (sailed west) [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

agree?

The subordinator rather than is followed by a bare infinitive clause when the matrix clause expresses the subject's preference. For example,

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than is generally best treated as a quasi-coordinator when it is used with matching forms in the clauses. For example,

They were screaming rather than singing.

She telephoned rather than wrote.

Rather than is a preposition, not a quasi-coordinator, when it is followed by an -ing participle clause that does not match the verb in the matrix clause. For example,

Their actions precipitated the war rather than averting it.

All the three forms are correct
here we use the very first form of rather than ,That is infinitive :

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India rather than [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

some more examples of the form are :

They obeyed the order rather than suffer torture or death.

Rather than suffer torture or death they obeyed the order.

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than Robert drive in his present state, I'd prefer to drive him home myself.

I hope i cleared the doubt
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28 Jul 2008, 10:43
spriya wrote:
judokan wrote:
Hi Suresh,

Thanks for the explanation but it does not seem to make sense.

If “sailed” is the main word, we can rewrite the sentence as “sailed west to accept the conventional wisdom…” . this is not logically right.

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India
rather than (sailed west) [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

agree?

The subordinator rather than is followed by a bare infinitive clause when the matrix clause expresses the subject's preference. For example,

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than is generally best treated as a quasi-coordinator when it is used with matching forms in the clauses. For example,

They were screaming rather than singing.

She telephoned rather than wrote.

Rather than is a preposition, not a quasi-coordinator, when it is followed by an -ing participle clause that does not match the verb in the matrix clause. For example,

Their actions precipitated the war rather than averting it.

All the three forms are correct
here we use the very first form of rather than ,That is infinitive :

Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India rather than [to] accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat .....

some more examples of the form are :

They obeyed the order rather than suffer torture or death.

Rather than suffer torture or death they obeyed the order.

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than Robert drive in his present state, I'd prefer to drive him home myself.

Thanks spriya. I keep learning new things here everyday
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28 Jul 2008, 10:59
Thanks priya.. +1 for you.

the subordinator rather than is followed by a bare infinitive clause when the matrix clause expresses the subject's preference. For example,

He paid the fine rather than appeal to a higher court.

Rather than is generally best treated as a quasi-coordinator when it is used with matching forms in the clauses. For example,

They were screaming rather than singing.

She telephoned rather than wrote.

Rather than is a preposition, not a quasi-coordinator, when it is followed by an -ing participle clause that does not match the verb in the matrix clause. For example,

Their actions precipitated the war rather than averting it.
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28 Jul 2008, 11:30
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