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Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade by land from the north.

A) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
B) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors did, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading
C) Compared to invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
D) Rather than invade the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
E) Rather than invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading
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This is a good one. I got it wrong. Waiting for the OE.

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Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade by land from the north.

A) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
B) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors did, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading

the idiom X instead of Y preferably takes nouns for X and Y. Here X is a clause and Y is a ing modifier
C) Compared to invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
in the idiom X compared to Y, X&Y can be both nouns, clauses etc. here one is a clause and other is present participle.
D) Rather than invade the Italian peninsula by sea (clause), as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade (clause)

in X Rather than Y, X & Y can be anything which are parallel.
E) Rather than invading the Italian peninsula by sea ( verb ing modifier or present participle) , like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading ( clause)
in X Rather than Y, X & Y can be anything which are parallel.

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This is a good one. I got it wrong. Waiting for the OE.



Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade by land from the north.

A) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
Instead of + gerund --> always wrong on GMAT
Comparison refer to previous action of 'invading' so we can't use like for this comparison and should add 'had done' after 'agrressors'

B) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors did, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading
Instead of + gerund --> always wrong on GMAT
'for invading' --> wrong idiom, should be 'to invade'

C) Compared to invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
Comparing of 'invading' and 'Hannibal' --> non parallel

D) Rather than invade the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
Correct

E) Rather than invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading
Comparison refer to previous action of 'invading' so we can't use like for this comparison and should add 'had done' after 'agrressors'
'for invading' --> wrong idiom, should be 'to invade'
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Hello Experts,

Is the usage of "had done" correct here?

The subject is not performing the two events(i.e. invading in the past and travelling to the north) so we can use simple past over here - right?

Please correct me if I am wrong

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Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade by land from the north.

A) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade(Not parallel and wrong usage of like)
B) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors did, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading(Not parallel)
C) Compared to invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade(Not parallel)
D) Rather than invade the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade (Correct)
E) Rather than invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading(Not parallel and wrong usage of like)


Usgae of like implies the persons are being compared and not the actions. Hence usage of like is wrong.
Instead of x,y prefers nouns and those nouns should be parallel.

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Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade by land from the north.

A) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
B) Instead of invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors did, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading
C) Compared to invading the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
D) Rather than invade the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade
E) Rather than invading the Italian peninsula by sea, like all previous aggressors, Hannibal travelled over the Alps for invading


The answer is D

Infinitive of purpose should be used and sentence after comma should stand on its own as it has to be a independent clause as the starting clause before is modifying the Independent clause .
So B and E are out
Compared to is used wrongly in C
There is a comparison error in A
here two actions are compared

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Rather than [to] invade the Italian peninsula by sea, as all previous aggressors had done, Hannibal travelled over the Alps to invade

For Parallelism, as hidden infinitive form is highlighted

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Instead of can take noun or noun phrase (gerund are noun forms of verb)

It's the meaning on this type of question matters.

"Rather than" means the people doing the action had a choice.

"instead" or "instead of" means in place of someone of something

Source: EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana

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