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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 of 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 Apr 2012, 17:33
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
Correct

(B) were the rivals of it in their
Incorrect: The original sentence said that the three buildings "could" rival it, which means its a possibility that they could rival the new town hall. In this choice "were" the rivals assumes that the three buildings actually were (100% certain) rivals of the new town hall, which changes the meaning of the original sentence.

(C) were its rival as to
Incorrect: Same reasoning as (B), and also, the proper idiom is rival X for Y (rival it for scale/magnificence). This uses rival X as to Y/.

(D) could be its rivals in their
Incorrect: "Their" refers only to the other three buildings, excluding the new town hall

(E) were rivaling its
Incorrect: Same reasoning as (B)
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