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10 Feb 2018, 18:09
Guys would like to understand the usage difference between Instead of v/s Rather than

Eg:
Which one of the usage is correct and why ?

a) James went to kite beach instead of sunrise beach.

b) James went to kite beach beach rather than sunrise beach.

Note: I just used a randomly created example.
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10 Feb 2018, 20:24
Hi

According to GMAT i think rather than is generally preferred.

Rather than is more of choice - when u have to make a choice and instead is more of a replacement kind.

for example :

I would rather walk than run - which seems logically correct .

I would instead walk than run - here it more likely to seem like the person is replacing the action. ( these are my own examples )

In general Rather than can be followed by clauses whereas instead of should be only followed by nouns.

Given all this my first go to error to eliminate between choices wont be the rather than/ instead choice we should look more closer for the other errors in given options.

Hope this helped.
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27 Feb 2018, 13:28
Guys would like to understand the usage difference between Instead of v/s Rather than

Eg:
Which one of the usage is correct and why ?

a) James went to kite beach instead of sunrise beach.

b) James went to kite beach beach rather than sunrise beach.

Note: I just used a randomly created example.

Hello,

While this may sound like over-simplification, the fact is that if the choice is purely between "instead of" and "rather than", "rather than" always wins on GMAT.

The underlying reason is that "instead of" has a stronger connotation in terms of a "replacement" of sorts. Whereas as "rather than" is relatively moderate, with meaning on the lines of "a better alternative".

With the context of sentences appearing on GMAT being moderate in nature, "rather than" wins.

All the best!
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28 Feb 2018, 17:50
instead of can take only noun as object.
while rather than takes a clause, as than always starts a clause.

We can clearly notice that use of instead of is very limited while use of rather than is quiet robust.

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idio ... 1514114233
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