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# Consumer preference survey in four neighborhoods of Radisson

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13 Sep 2017, 06:43
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Consumer preference survey in four neighborhoods of Radisson County showed that residents had chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than face the long queues at TRAMLAW.

A. had chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than face
B. had chosen IDLA Supermarket instead of facing
C. have chosen IDLA Supermarket instead of facing
D. have chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than facing
E. have chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than face
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07 Aug 2018, 00:03
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elements on either side of "rather than"/"instead of" need to be parallel

the first element is a verb in all choices, so the second element has to be a verb. this eliminates B, C, D since "facing" is not a verb

Between A and E: we don't need past perfect.

In choice E: have chosen is parallel to face
residents have chosen [bla bla]
residents face [bla bla]
^these two elements are parallel.

Also,

a note on "rather than" vs. "instead of"

"instead of" is followed by a noun
Instead of could only put nouns in parallel

"rather than" can act as either a preposition (taking a noun) or a subordinate conjunction
rather than can put nouns or verbs or entire actions in parallel.
(so in this question we NEED "rather than", eliminate B and C)

For more, read: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idio ... omparison/

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13 Sep 2017, 07:13
Face vs facing parallelism issue

IDLA Supermarket is a noun so facing

Past perfect is not appropriate since there is no other action to compare the timeline

IMO - D

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13 Sep 2017, 07:48
Choice between had chosen and have chosen
Had chosen: The survey will not make any sense if the consumer preference was outdated
So C,D,E
Choice between face, facing and rather than , instead of
*Rather than: Gmat's favourite
Face: Sentence fragment

So option D
Correct me if my thought process is wrong

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14 Sep 2017, 11:23
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Consumer preference survey in four neighborhoods of Radisson County showed that residents had chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than face the long queues at TRAMLAW.

A. had chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than face
B. had chosen IDLA Supermarket instead of facing
C. have chosen IDLA Supermarket instead of facing
D. have chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than facing
E. have chosen IDLA Supermarket rather than face

I think arguments can be made in favor of both A and E.

If the choosing happened before the survey we can use " HAD "
on the other hand if the choosing has just finished now and its effect is still continuing then we have to use " HAVE"

is there any way to infer which one is better than the other?
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08 Apr 2018, 23:35
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10 Apr 2018, 10:36
Can some one please explain that why we choose "E" over "D".

Is that because of parallelism ?
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10 Apr 2018, 13:08
the sentence mentions that the survey 'showed'... will it not be had instead on have?
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06 Aug 2018, 23:51
I was able to eliminate A,B and C but I am wondering why is facing in D wrong?
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10 Aug 2018, 02:12
I would request the experts to please comment on this. The word showed implies that this is reported speech. In reported speech we shift tense back. In the above question the choosing happened before the survey that is why the author was able to report it. I feel that 'had' should be used rather than 'has' in the question. Please help!!

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