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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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05 Dec 2005, 11:08
(A) for four reasons.

1. Rival for... is idiomatic.
2. Could correctly demonstrates the proper modal of possibility.
3. Active voice.
4. Most concise.
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05 Dec 2005, 11:11
As always, very good explanation MATT Thanks!
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10 Jul 2007, 13:41
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) for four reasons.

1. Rival for... is idiomatic.
2. Could correctly demonstrates the proper modal of possibility.
3. Active voice.
4. Most concise.

Yes. I simply replaced rival with fight.
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31 Aug 2007, 13:19
bmwhype2 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) for four reasons.

1. Rival for... is idiomatic.
2. Could correctly demonstrates the proper modal of possibility.
3. Active voice.
4. Most concise.

Yes. I simply replaced rival with fight.

193. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

Just to let people know that the OA is (D), which means "rival of" must also be idiomatic
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31 Aug 2007, 15:54
eyunni wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) for four reasons.

1. Rival for... is idiomatic.
2. Could correctly demonstrates the proper modal of possibility.
3. Active voice.
4. Most concise.

Yes. I simply replaced rival with fight.

193. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

Just to let people know that the OA is (D), which means "rival of" must also be idiomatic

in D, is there subject-verb agreement?
....that make his letters as a group the rival of...may be it is 'made'?
That will make the sentence in past tense like the 1st part....?
31 Aug 2007, 15:54
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