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After losing his right arm to an injury sustained in World War I, the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit his professional piano-playing career.

a) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit
b) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of quitting
c) decided he ought to focus on pieces written for the left hand as opposed to quitting
d) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quitting
e) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quit

Originally posted by sanathadiga on 19 Aug 2018, 12:46.
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i Chose a) as the answer. I want to know why the other answer(e) as suggested by Kaplan is right.

Difference b/w "instead of" and "rather than" is that instead of simply chooses an option over other and in case of rather than it prefers an option over another.

So, I felt a) is the right answer

Originally posted by sanathadiga on 19 Aug 2018, 12:49.
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sanathadiga wrote:

After losing his right arm to an injury sustained in World War I, the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit his professional piano-playing career



a) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit
b) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of quitting
c) decided he ought to focus on pieces written for the left hand as opposed to quitting
d) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quitting
e) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quit


Paul Wittgenstein had 2 options:
1. To continiue his piano-playing career (to focus on pieces written for the left hand)
2. To quit his career
These two have to be parallel.
In B, C, D there is no parallelism at all (to focus vs quitting) ----> out.
A imo sounds awful. It can not be the right construction. Moreover, "written for the left hand instead of to quit" - it seems a little like "to quit" does not go parallel to "to focus", but something like "focus on left hand instead of right hand" for example.

E sounds nice. "Decided to continue (to focus) rather than quit".
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I don't understand why the answer is E, the structure in this answer is not parallel, to be so we need to add "to" to mantain the infinitive.

Am I right? Is this a quality question? mikemcgarry can you help us with this question?

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As far as I understand, instead of can only preceded a noun in GMAT & quitting is a verb. Is that correct? Will appreciate a correction in my reasoning if it's flawed.

Because of this very reason, I chose E over A

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As far as I understand, instead of can only preceded a noun in GMAT & quitting is a verb. Is that correct? Will appreciate a correction in my reasoning if it's flawed.

Because of this very reason, I chose E over A

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Right!
". Rather than vs instead of.
Rather than is the right choice because rather than shows contrast, while instead of just meaning ‘in the place of’ does not effuse contrast.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-recent-stu ... 4-140.html
instead of – preposition – always should be followed by noun.
Rather than – preferable.
a) It can be followed by anything (verb, phrase,noun .....).
b) it always represent softer replacement whereas "instead of " represent harder replacement.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/recent-psych ... 18023.html
" (c)

I am not sure you can not count "quitting" as a noun in this case (it plays the role of noun), but imo more important the issue about contrast.

2dimmark: seems to me it is the case when you can throw out the second "to" and it will be ok.
See the second link - the same situation (it is understandable that there is the second "to")
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sanathadiga wrote:
After losing his right arm to an injury sustained in World War I, the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit his professional piano-playing career.

a) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit
b) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of quitting
c) decided he ought to focus on pieces written for the left hand as opposed to quitting
d) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quitting
e) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quit


Split 1:
Rather than vs instead of. -> Rather than is usually prefered (see explanation in earlier comments)

C is very awkward and not parallel.

D or E:
Here is where I have a problem with the answer. Neither answer choice seems to be parallel?
If E had ...than to quit I'd have no problem with it. Is the question incorrect or is there anything I'm missing?
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sanathadiga wrote:
After losing his right arm to an injury sustained in World War I, the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit his professional piano-playing career.

a) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of to quit
b) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand instead of quitting
c) decided he ought to focus on pieces written for the left hand as opposed to quitting
d) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quitting
e) decided to focus on pieces written for the left hand rather than quit


Correct Answer must be (E) for correct Idiomatic and Parallelism usage ...

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