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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. Peterâ€™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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24 Aug 2006, 13:00
Definitely b/w A and D

were shows certainty, but we don't know for the fact whether those buildings were the rivals -> "could" is better.

I think D is kind of akward in that it has IT and THEIR... SCALE OR SIGNIFICANCE should have ITS -> ITS SCALE or ITS MAGNIFICIENCE

A is clear, because IT could only refer to a building

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24 Aug 2006, 13:19
Can anyone explain why C is wrong?

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Just because passive..

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24 Aug 2006, 13:26
baski6 wrote:
Can anyone explain why C is wrong?

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Just because passive..

were ITS rival??? It seems like there was more than 1 rival... there were 3 of them and it isn't clear which one.
-> RIVAL here is a NOUN (answer C)

Answer A uses RIVAL as a VERB, that's why it isn't plural "A, B and C could RIVAL it for..."

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24 Aug 2006, 18:27
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Futuristic wrote:
By the mid-seventeenth century, Amsterdam had built a new town hall so large that only St. Peterâ€™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

A. "rival for" is correct expression.

Another attack point, the sentence needs the potential modal "could" to complete the comparison.

Ex: Only Ross Powers could rival Shawn Green in the halfpipe competition.

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25 Aug 2006, 10:03
GMATT73, thats a cool explanation
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