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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.
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New post 04 Dec 2006, 12:59
another D. Even before reading the answer choices, I was thinking this should have been "rather than"...and it's use in C is wrong, so going with D

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New post 04 Dec 2006, 13:51
C is wrong because "Rather than buying" is not parallel with "real estate has become"..where as D takes care of the parrallism correctly. This is all I would have been able to explain...:)
However, I looked it up also, and this is what I found.
Hope this helps.

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C002/006.html

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New post 04 Dec 2006, 17:56
I ll take B

A, C, E are ruled out for this reason

Instead of buying stocks and bonds,...., real estate
Only Young people buy stuff, not real estate
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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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trivikram wrote:
Rather than buy stocks and bonds, [color=blue]which are the more conventional investments for those new to financial planning,[/color] 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


Agree it should be D
Also, here which refers to stocks and bonds, so verb "are" is required

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Thanks guys. OA is D!

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What is wrong with B ?


Correct usage:

Instead of <noun>
Rather than <verb>

B is Instead of <verb>. So wrong.

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



Answer is D. "Rather than" is used to contrast verbs. "Instead of" is used for nouns.

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modifier. referring young people. Only choice is D.
However, how grammatically correct is rather than buy? I mean why not rather than buying?

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modifier. referring young people. Only choice is D.
However, how grammatically correct is rather than buy? I mean why not rather than buying?



I have the same question.

However, how grammatically correct is rather than buy? I mean why not rather than buying?

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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'?

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


Interesting. I understand that it is because buying stock is a noun (simple gerund) that it is possible. Which would mean than statment B would have also been correct if it wasn't for the SV error. In that case you also have to be wary of complex gerund nouns (the buying of the stock). Anyway, knowing that "Instead of" is only used with nouns is clearly sufficient to tackle this type of question I would say.
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Can anybody tell me why Choise A is different from the original sentence?
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Question is wrong because none of the answer choices is the same as the original sentence.
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