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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.

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.

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.

Originally posted by arjsingh1976 on 04 Dec 2006, 13:27.
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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.

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on the GMAT "instead of" is reserved for nouns and "rather than" for verbs.
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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.

text in RED can be removed.

text in GREEN is the modifier

text in DARKBLUE is the noun to which the modifier is refering to.

Hence D

I think rather than is a conjunction and instead of is a preposition I suppose
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can some one please explain when to use 'instead of', and when to 'rather than'
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can some one please explain when to use 'instead of', and when to 'rather than'


3 years later :)

Instead of : used with nouns
Rather than : used with everything (nouns, adjectives, INGs, adverbs, infinitive...)

All of the following are correct usages:
Boredom instead of amusement
Boredom rather than amusement
Bored rather than amused
Boring rather than amusing
Bored rather than amused
To bore rather than to amuse
Boringly rather than amusingly
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veenu08 wrote:
can some one please explain when to use 'instead of', and when to 'rather than'

3 years later :)

Instead of : used with nouns
Rather than : used with everything (nouns, adjectives, INGs, adverbs, infinitive...)

All of the following are correct usages:
Boredom instead of amusement
Boredom rather than amusement
Bored rather than amused
Boring rather than amusing
Bored rather than amused
To bore rather than to amuse
Boringly rather than amusingly

Take a look at this one. (source: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t7242.html)

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

A) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly the choice of young people
B) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for those new to financial planning, increasingly young people have shown a choice for real estate
C) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, the choice of young people increasingly has become real estate
D) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional investments for those new to financial planning, young people have increasingly chosen real estate
E) stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing choice of real estate

The answer is D

Why are something other than nouns fine to use with 'instead of'?

Originally posted by InstantMBA on 19 Apr 2016, 04:56.
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InstantMBA wrote:
Icecream87 wrote:
veenu08 wrote:
can some one please explain when to use 'instead of', and when to 'rather than'

3 years later :)

Instead of : used with nouns
Rather than : used with everything (nouns, adjectives, INGs, adverbs, infinitive...)

All of the following are correct usages:
Boredom instead of amusement
Boredom rather than amusement
Bored rather than amused
Boring rather than amusing
Bored rather than amused
To bore rather than to amuse
Boringly rather than amusingly

Take a look at this one. (source: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t7242.html)

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

A) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, real estate has become increasingly the choice of young people
B) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for those new to financial planning, increasingly young people have shown a choice for real estate
C) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for someone new to financial planning, the choice of young people increasingly has become real estate
D) buying stocks and bonds, which are the conventional investments for those new to financial planning, young people have increasingly chosen real estate
E) stocks and bonds, which are the conventional approach for those new to financial planning, young people have shown an increasing choice of real estate

The answer is D

Why is something other than a noun fine to use with 'instead of'?


Hi,
here too, INSTEAD OF is followed by NOUN...
BUYING here is used as a gerund, a verb converted into noun by adding ING, ..
the specific use is " OBJECT of PREPOSITION"..

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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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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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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.
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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. Incorrectly modifies stocks and bonds

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. Incorrectly modifies stocks and bonds

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. Incorrectly modifies stocks and bonds

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. Incorrect comparison between stocks and bonds and young people
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New post 16 Apr 2019, 03:37
Hi,

There has been so much discussion on this already. I feel silly asking this but I can't seem to get my head straight on the usage of 'buy' in this sentence. Should we not be using 'buying' instead. Please help.
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