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# "instead of" vs. "rather than" vs. "oppose to"?

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08 Nov 2010, 21:57
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Is there good source/rule that helps learning about "instead of" vs. "rather than" vs. "oppose to"?
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There IS a crucial difference between "rather than" and "instead of" that you should know. "Rather than" is a conjunction and so can be followed by basically anything, whereas "instead of" is a (complex) preposition -- and a preposition should be followed only by a noun.

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/rat ... t1177.html

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Usage of "instead of" is rare, "rather than" is preferred. I have only ever seen one or two questions where the correct choice used "instead of". In general it's one of those things that should instantly raise a red flag

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