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# By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new

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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 for it in their

(C) were its rival as to

(D) could be its rivals in their

(E) were rivaling its
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10 Nov 2011, 21:19
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11 Nov 2011, 05:33
+1 A

"their" is wrong. The town hall is singular.
E has a wrong tense.
"as to" is not right in this sentence.
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11 Nov 2011, 16:47
Do you have a doubt in this question?

Just sharing what I thought was an interesting question.
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14 Dec 2011, 06:52
why their is wrong as it is indicating more than one house?
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02 Dec 2014, 03:00
metallicafan wrote:
+1 A

"their" is wrong. The town hall is singular.
E has a wrong tense.
"as to" is not right in this sentence.

their clearly refers to the other buildings, not the town hall
its refers to the town hall, didnt understand whats wrong with C.
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27 Dec 2014, 01:56
Do we have any OE for this question?
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27 Dec 2014, 15:49
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I wish I could help here.. In question we could see "HAD" in it.. That means, some past action has happened before another past one. So we should see that the underlined part must also be a past action based.
(A) could rival it for
Hope here we dont have any issue and concise as well...
(B) were the rivals for it in their
here their refers to the 3 buildings. So no issue in "their" formation. But we have a concise option A
(C) were its rival as to
AS TO is bit weird. Seems not a right construction.. I feel "on the" would have done fine instead of AS TO..
(D) could be its rivals in their
same expl as B.. Its good but big..
(E) were rivaling its
this looks good.. But be wary about the modifier.. The buildings were not rivaling its scale or magnificence.. it is the 3 building's scale or magnificence rivaling the new town hall's scale or magnificence. "were rivaling it ON or FOR" could do fine..

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29 Dec 2014, 12:31
kostyan5 wrote:
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 for it in their

(C) were its rival as to

(D) could be its rivals in their

(E) were rivaling its

Interesting one. B, C and E are out because of were. The original sentence does not say that Amsterdam built the new town with an 'intention' to rival Escorial or Ducale. Also 'could' expresses possibility, 'were' does not.

D is very wordy compared to A. Also, 'their' is not used to refer to inanimate objects.
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15 Sep 2015, 03:09
kostyan5 wrote:
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 for it in their

(C) were its rival as to

(D) could be its rivals in their

(E) were rivaling its

these building were its rivale in the scale of those building. NO LOGIC. in their scale, no meaning
B and D out
there building rival its scale, NO LOGIC, E out

not know why C is wrong.

maybe rival for is idiom.
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19 Sep 2017, 01:11
I am still not not sure why E is wrong. Can anyone explain this please .
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19 Sep 2017, 07:32
Hi Mike ,
I am a little lost in this one especially between choices A and E .
Is rival it for correct idiom and if it so then please suggest some more examples to correctly explain this usage
What is wrong with choice E
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20 Sep 2017, 00:32
i dont know why c is wrong. but I will not study this problem because it is from gmatpaper test. not official source.
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21 Sep 2017, 01:27
Hi,
thought letting you know that gmat paper tests are official gmat resources from gmac. IMO
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21 Sep 2017, 03:46
Let me add more clarification to the POE.

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 - looks perfectly fine

(B) were the rivals for it in their - were denotes change of tense.

(C) were its rival as to - same as B

(D) could be its rivals in their - 'their' is ambiguous

(E) were rivaling its - same as B

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21 Sep 2017, 22:36
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 - 'A built a new hall so large that only C, D and E could rival it for..xyz' ---> A is singular here and the tense is past tense

(B) were the rivals for it in their - 'their' is a pronoun for what?

(C) were its rival as to - 'as to' is incorrect idiom

(D) could be its rivals in their- 'their' problem

(E) were rivaling its - incorrect tense
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