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15 Jan 2016, 04:34
gmatser1 wrote:
What is the idiom being tested here?

In this example - One aspect is the use of "Rather Than" preferred to "Instead of"

Meaning : Rather Than = Preference

Technically: Rather than is a parallel marker. X rather than Y.

X = Continuously over (idiom) a broad surface

Y = At a series of regularly spaced points

Hope this helps.
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31 Mar 2016, 07:47
I think the point is:

The comparison of contact. Whether contact is continuous or at regularly spaced points. The meaning of the sentence is trying to point out contact done continuously is better than done regularly spaced.

For choices A, B, which sounds pretty reasonable at first glance, you reject them for not having at

Only D makes the meaning complete.

The sentence goes:
contact, blah blah blah, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series
of regularly spaced points
with no bonding

Compares contact effected continuously to a series of regularly spaced points. <--- This doesnt make any sense whether it is A, B or C.

Not sure if I am putting my point across correctly.
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03 Apr 2016, 07:52
scottleey wrote:
I think the point is:

The comparison of contact. Whether contact is continuous or at regularly spaced points. The meaning of the sentence is trying to point out contact done continuously is better than done regularly spaced.

For choices A, B, which sounds pretty reasonable at first glance, you reject them for not having at

Only D makes the meaning complete.

The sentence goes:
contact, blah blah blah, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series
of regularly spaced points
with no bonding

Compares contact effected continuously to a series of regularly spaced points. <--- This doesnt make any sense whether it is A, B or C.

Not sure if I am putting my point across correctly.

Yes, I agree with your view. I would just like to try to put it across a bit more clearly, if I can.

The comparison markers here are
X rather than Y

The comparison is between the two processes by which "the contact is effected":

Process 1 (X): The contact is effected continuously over a broad surface.
Process 2 (Y): The contact is effected at a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between.

Hence the compared elements are continuously over a broad surface and at a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between.

Moreover, the usage of "instead of" is restricted to nouns only, whereas "rather than" is more versatile and can be used for comparing not just nouns, nut also other elements such as participles, phrases etc. Hence "rather than" is the correct choice here.

The correct answer is D, which takes care of both the above issues.
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25 Jul 2016, 05:25
The main point, to note, in this question is the difference between "rather than" and instead of.
RATHER THAN
When we use rather than, the word or a clause immediately following the word "of" is noun or a noun phrase.
for eg. I prefer ice cream instead of cola drink.

hope this helps.
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25 Jul 2016, 08:15
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spriya wrote:
In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between.

(B) as opposed to
(C) in contrast with
(D) rather than at
(E) as against being at

I will say it has meaning error , rather than any idiom error.

Here, bonding is affected over a surface, hence comparison should be using some form of on.
In other words, parallel structure should same form of word.

A. over a surface is not parallel with a series of
B. again same error as A
C. same error.
D. over is parallel with at, hence right.
E. wrong contrast, changes meaning

Instead of, as opposed to , in contrast with , these all idioms, their X n Y should be parallel
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19 Nov 2017, 00:48
spriya wrote:
In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between.

(B) as opposed to
(C) in contrast with
(D) rather than at
(E) as against being at

Isn't the question awkward? I would like to hear an expert reply for this question

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