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# Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more

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15 Oct 2017, 17:27
The original sentence contains several errors. First, if we remove the clause "which is the more
conventional approach for someone new to financial planning", we have "Instead of buying stocks and
bonds, real estate has become increasingly..." This is not parallel. We need to find a replacement that
indicates the alternative to buying stocks and bonds. Second, on the GMAT "instead of" is reserved for
nouns and "rather than" for verbs. So in this case, it would be better to say "Instead of stocks and
bonds" or "rather than buy stocks and bonds."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice incorrectly uses "instead of" to introduce a verb ("buying").

(C) The phrase "rather than buying stocks and bonds" is not parallel to the phrase "real estate has become . . ."

(D)CORRECT. This choice correctly uses "rather than" to introduce the verb "buy" and sets up the proper
comparison between buying stocks and bonds and turning to real estate.

(E) This choice incorrectly pairs "instead of stocks and bonds" with "young people have shown . . ." This illogically implies that young people, instead of stocks and bonds, have shown an increasing attraction to real estate.
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15 Oct 2017, 21:57
Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people looking for a first investment.

A) Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people as a first investment.

Usage of 'instead of' is incorrect, we want to show a preference here and not the replacement of one option by other, hence 'rather than' is correct IDIOM usage.

B) Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing attraction to real estate as a first investment.

Usage of 'instead of' is incorrect, we want to show a preference here and not the replacement of one option by other, hence 'rather than' is correct IDIOM usage.

C) Rather than buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people looking for a first investment.

'rather than' is incorrectly modifying 'real estate' instead of 'young people'

D) Rather than buy stocks and bonds, which are the more conventional investments for those new to financial planning, young people have turned increasingly to real estate as a first investment.

Correct

E) Instead of stocks and bonds, which are the more conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing attraction to real estate as a first investment.

Usage of 'instead of' is incorrect, we want to show a preference here and not the replacement of one option by other, hence 'rather than' is correct IDIOM usage.
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17 Oct 2017, 21:09
daagh wrote:
There are two solid but simple ways of taming this apparently frightening topic.

1. The idiom and the modification route: ‘rather than’ is the right idiom, ‘instead of’ is wrong

Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people as a first investment. -------- instead of is a wrong idiom, rather than is the right idiom. gone

B) Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing attraction to real estate as a first investment. –same as A

C) Rather than buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people looking for a first investment. ---Idiom is right but ‘rather than buying’ is modifying real estate, which is wrong; it should modify young people

D) Rather than buy stocks and bonds, which are the more conventional investments for those new to financial planning, young people have turned increasingly to real estate as a first investment. ---Right idiom and right modification ---correct choice

E) Instead of stocks and bonds, which are the more conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing attraction to real estate as a first investment. ---wrong idiom

2. Modification and diction route

The initial modifier should modify young people and not real estate. So A and C are gone.

Among B, D, and E, the use of ‘have shown increasing attraction’ is worng diction. One should either say ‘are attracted to’ or use a synonymous 'have turned increasingly to'. Therefore, B and E can be rejected. D survives.

HTH

Isnt the comparison wrong in D? buy stocks and bonds vs real estate - shouldnt it be buy stocks and bonds vs buy real estate? this comparison is clear in E

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19 Oct 2017, 03:04
Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people looking for a first investment.

A) Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people as a first investment.
Instead of buying ..... , real state has become... : nonsensical ; meaning error.

B) Instead of buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing attraction to real estate as a first investment.

C) Rather than buying stocks and bonds, which is the more conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly attractive to young people looking for a first investment.
Rather than buying ..... , real state has become... : nonsensical ; meaning error.

D) Rather than buy stocks and bonds, which are the more conventional investments for those new to financial planning, young people have turned increasingly to real estate as a first investment.

E) Instead of stocks and bonds, which are the more conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing attraction to real estate as a first investment.
Instead of stocks and bonds , young people have shown : nonsensical ; meaning error.

Experts pls explain by B is incorrect

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