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It has become more popular for parents to send their children to private schools rather than sending them to public ones.

(A) private schools rather than sending them to public ones
(B) private schools rather than public schools
(C) study at private schools rather than sending them to public ones
(D) be schooled privately rather than in public schools
(E) private rather than public schools
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14 Jul 2013, 23:33
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Hi,

It's clear that both B&E are gramatically correct.

For example there is no reason why you can't say something like this:

There are red and green apples in the tree (rather than there are red apples and green apples in the tree)

SO if that is the case, it all comes down to simplicaity, and brevity. You do not *need* the extra word in B, so you should go for the simplest most concise answer.

Hope that helps.

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22 Feb 2013, 11:56
soumens wrote:
I am tied between B and E.

Is E construction correct?

Hi Soumens,

The construction in (E) is fine and is a quite commonly used construction.

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Does B have a parallelism or redundancy/wordiness error? If the former, can someone elaborate on the issue? My only observation is that schools (same entities) are compared, for which reason one of the "school" words needs to be omitted.
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Does B have a parallelism or redundancy/wordiness error? If the former, can someone elaborate on the issue? My only observation is that schools (same entities) are compared, for which reason one of the "school" words needs to be omitted.

Hi stoy4o,

Both (B) and (E) are correct, and both express a clear and concise comparison. Just because (E) expresses the same idea in a fewer one it will be a better choice in GMAT.

Yes the same entities are being compared and "schools" can be (not "need" to be) omitted without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Hope it helps,

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14 Jul 2013, 22:19
I think B should be correct, E seems somewhat awkward to say ...
Can someone please explain
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26 Feb 2014, 00:39
"More ... rather than" is not a correct Idiom.

On MGMAT forum, instructors have mentioned it many times that more goes with than and rather than is not idiomatic.

Experts kindly suggest : is this question OK ?
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28 Jun 2015, 03:01
It has become more popular for parents to send their children to private schools rather than sending them to public ones.

private schools rather than sending them to public ones

private schools rather than public schools

study at private schools rather than sending them to public ones

be schooled privately rather than in public schools

private rather than public schools
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29 Jun 2017, 00:45
Is "More ... rather than" construction correct?
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29 Jun 2017, 06:44
Imo B
But the answer is E ?
Any explanation B is wrong or E is correct ?
What is the difference between the two ?
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30 Jun 2017, 01:03
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It has become more popular for parents to send their children to
(B) private schools rather than (maybe because to is needed to make it parallel) public schools
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We don't normally combine "more" with "rather than." If we're trying to say that one thing is more likely/prevalent than another, we can say something like "I am more of a scholar than an athlete," but not "I am more of a scholar rather than an athlete." We'd say "It is more likely to be struck by lightning than to be eaten by a shark," and again "rather" has no place.

However, E can work in another way. By saying "private rather than public schools," it is simply comparing two modifiers (private and public). So we can read this as meaning that the option of private schools has become more popular. It's not necessarily more popular than sending kids to public schools (in real life, public schools are still the standard option!); it's just more popular than it was before. From this perspective, B fails simply because it uses "rather than" to compare nouns (private schools and public schools), when it should be used to compare modifiers, clauses, etc.

One might object that this interpretation is a departure from the meaning of the other choices, but a closer look indicates that this has likely been the intended meaning all along. If the intention were to compare which option of the two is actually more popular, we'd need parallel infinitives ("to send . . . to private school" and "to send . . . to public school"), and *none* of the choices have that.
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IMO, choice E is structurally and therefore grammatically flawed because you don't have structurally comparable parts of speech on either side of the comparator 'rather than'. You have an adjective 'private' on one side and a modified noun' public school' on the other. B is as we can see is structurally solid.
The question is why private can't refer to private tuition rather than private schools. There seems to be a hole.
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30 Jun 2017, 02:08
Careful there. One of the tricky things about comparisons (and parallelism in general) is that there is a lot of room for flexibility and interpretation in determining how much of the surrounding text is joined by a comparator. In this case, "rather than" simply compares the adjective "private" and "public," so there's no trouble. This usage is normal and common: "Do you want regular or diet soda?" "I enjoy both silly and serious movies."
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30 Jun 2017, 02:45
StaicyT wrote:
arvind910619,

It has become more popular for parents to send their children to
(B) private schools rather than (maybe because to is needed to make it parallel) public schools

StaicyT
Yes E does remove the need for to .I thinks its concise .
But i don't think think the GMAT will solely focus on concision .
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08 Mar 2019, 02:33
Both B and E are error free.
E, however, is more concise so I am going to select E.
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27 Jan 2020, 22:36
DmitryFarber wrote:
Careful there. One of the tricky things about comparisons (and parallelism in general) is that there is a lot of room for flexibility and interpretation in determining how much of the surrounding text is joined by a comparator. In this case, "rather than" simply compares the adjective "private" and "public," so there's no trouble. This usage is normal and common: "Do you want regular or diet soda?" "I enjoy both silly and serious movies."

Hi Dimitry,

But as Daagh mentioned private could either be used for tuitions or schools, so if we select E that would leave a chance for interpretation which wouldn't be correct right?

Could you please tell me how you identified how rather than is used to compare the adjectives.

Thanks in advance.
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28 Jan 2020, 18:27
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Hi Dimitry,

But as Daagh mentioned private could either be used for tuitions or schools, so if we select E that would leave a chance for interpretation which wouldn't be correct right?

Could you please tell me how you identified how rather than is used to compare the adjectives.

Thanks in advance.
Hi AkashNGU,

Until DmitryFarber gets back to you: the other interpretation is just not possible. As mentioned in that post, this usage is "normal and common".
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