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Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than burning calories to generate it, can survive on ten percent of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally require

(A) rather than burning calories to generate it
(B) rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
(C) and not from generating it by burning calories
(D) instead of by burning calories for generating it
(E) instead of body heat generated by burning calories
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Will go with E

IMO "rathar than" is used when choice is there. " I will prefer to take GMAT in 2006 rathar than 2005"
"instead of" is used when replaced. " I preferred to take GMAT in 2005 instead of 2004"
Please correct me if I am wrong.

Between D and E, I prefer D because of "body heat directly from the Sun" and "body heat generated by burning calories". This shows "product (body heat) from source (Sun or burning calories)" in both cases.
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14 Dec 2005, 05:15
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It's between 'A' & 'D'

I would click on 'D'.

From the senetence meaning, I think we need 'instead of' & 'D' appears to maintain the llism & continuation of the sentence.
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14 Dec 2005, 06:28
A has to be the one. D cant be because "instead of by" is unindiomatic.
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ETS SC RULE #1: VIRTUALLY ALWAYS CHOOSE RATHER THAN OVER INSTEAD OF UNLESS THE FORMER IS A GRAMMATICAL NIGHTMARE. This pattern has about a 99% accuracy rate.

(A)
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14 Dec 2005, 09:47
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A is my choice.

rather than is always better than instead of
Moreover, A maintains the parallelism.
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14 Dec 2005, 10:10
A

I agree with the comments about "rather than". My second choice here would be D.
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14 Dec 2005, 10:26
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A.

rather than... always look for ||ism.

D would have been better, IMO, except for : for generating
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09 Oct 2006, 13:30
Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than burning calories to generate it, can survive on ten percent of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally require
A: rather than burning calories to generate it
B: rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
C: and not from generating it by burning calories
D: instead of by burning calories for generating it
E: instead of body heat generated by burning calories
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09 Oct 2006, 13:38
A
B - too wordy
C - and - not appropriate (2nd best)
D and E are not appropriate either.
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Matrix02 wrote:
D for parallelism - by drawing...by burning.

Be careful. "instead of" for comparing nouns and "rather than" for comparing actions. Kaplan 800 actually does a good job of explaining this usage.
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D for parallelism - by drawing...by burning.

Be careful. "instead of" for comparing nouns and "rather than" for comparing actions. Kaplan 800 actually does a good job of explaining this usage.

Thanks Matt this is good to know...would the below be correct examples of this rule?

1)Mary, instead of John, will be the captain of the tennis team.
2)He preferred to ski rather than walk down the mountain.

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Matrix02 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
Matrix02 wrote:
D for parallelism - by drawing...by burning.

Be careful. "instead of" for comparing nouns and "rather than" for comparing actions. Kaplan 800 actually does a good job of explaining this usage.

Thanks Matt this is good to know...would the below be correct examples of this rule?

1)Mary, instead of John, will be the captain of the tennis team.
2)He preferred to ski rather than walk down the mountain.

Thanks

Good demonstration of applied knowledge Matrix. Now you know what to look out for on these types of SCs.
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10 Oct 2006, 07:28
Agree on A ...good tip, Matt
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10 Oct 2006, 08:00
GMATT73 wrote:
Matrix02 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
Matrix02 wrote:
D for parallelism - by drawing...by burning.

Be careful. "instead of" for comparing nouns and "rather than" for comparing actions. Kaplan 800 actually does a good job of explaining this usage.

Thanks Matt this is good to know...would the below be correct examples of this rule?

1)Mary, instead of John, will be the captain of the tennis team.
2)He preferred to ski rather than walk down the mountain.

Thanks

Good demonstration of applied knowledge Matrix. Now you know what to look out for on these types of SCs.

We are blessed to have you here .... It's a nice explanation. I did see in the Kaplan text.

For parallelism I would prefer B though it's wordy

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10 Oct 2006, 08:08
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laxieqv wrote:
Agree on A ...good tip, Matt

Is the antecedant of 'It' clear in A? Why not B?

yes, "it" clearly points to "body heat" , the only singular noun here

B doesn't keep the parallelism.
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10 Oct 2006, 08:40
mailtheguru wrote:
laxieqv wrote:
mailtheguru wrote:
laxieqv wrote:
Agree on A ...good tip, Matt

Is the antecedant of 'It' clear in A? Why not B?

yes, "it" clearly points to "body heat" , the only singular noun here

B doesn't keep the parallelism.

How about the Sun?

I soon predicted that you would put forward this question
uhm, IMO, as long as the ambiguity generated by a pronoun is under the threshold ( that is to say, there is almost no one would question its antecedent) , the pronoun is acceptable ....in this case, "generating the Sun" sounds extremely unreasonable
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18 Oct 2006, 21:28
Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather
than burning calories to generate it, can survive on ten percent
of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally
require

1) rather than burning calories to generate it
2) rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
3) and not from generating it by burning calories
4) instead of by burning calories for generating it
5) instead of body heat generated by burning calories
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18 Oct 2006, 21:43
I think this one was discussed before. A sounds best
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15 May 2012, 16:53
Hi,
The OA is A. Source is GMAT software question pack 1.

Can we have an expert explanation? I realize that the question is testing parallelism, but am having hard time understanding what parts of speech are parallel.

Thank You,
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