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# Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food

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Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food [#permalink]

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Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food that is unhealthy and fattening rather than being both low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates.

A. rather than being

B. rather than one that is

C. rather than one that has

D. instead of being one that is

E. instead of one that has

How to choose between rather than and instead of???????????
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11 Sep 2005, 06:26
I think there is not much difference between rather than and instead of, and in this case, they can be used interchangeably.

A is out because it is not parallel. Many people ... believe potato is "food" ....rather than "must be a noun here"

C is out because "that has" should be followed by a noun too

D. "being" is redundant

Only B is correct.

Pls comment..
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11 Sep 2005, 07:08
one more vote for B.

Seems like the rest choices are not parallel.

A : Imporper comparision.
C : usage of 'has' is imporper
D : "instead of being..." i guess, this modifies the people rather than potatoes
E : same as D and C

OA/OE Plz.

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11 Sep 2005, 08:40
I could only get this as B.
A - no parallelism
C - grammatically wrong : has low in calories
D,E - 'instead of' indicates another possibility/way/action etc. For my ear, this does not sound well.

BTW - shoult it be 'rather than the one' or 'rather than one'?

Could anybody clarify why 'the' is not required before 'one'?

rahulraao wrote:
Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food that is unhealthy and fattening rather than being both low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates.

A. rather than being

B. rather than one that is

C. rather than one that has

D. instead of being one that is

E. instead of one that has

How to choose between rather than and instead of???????????

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Awaiting response,

Thnx & Rgds,
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15 Sep 2005, 19:48
What is wrong with A ?

I think A expresses same meaning.

Any explaination
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15 Sep 2005, 21:17
capri wrote:
What is wrong with A ?

I think A expresses same meaning.

Any explaination

If you consider the first part of the sentence, the verb use is "as a food that is", so option B, which maintains that, is the answer.
Hope that helps!
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16 Sep 2005, 07:05
One more vote for B coz it is clear, concise and maintains the //ism: a food that is.... and one that is.

Cheers
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rahulraao wrote:
Many people mistakenly believe that the potato is a food that is unhealthy and fattening rather than being both low in calories and high in necessary carbohydrates.

A. rather than being

B. rather than one that is

C. rather than one that has

D. instead of being one that is

E. instead of one that has

How to choose between rather than and instead of???????????
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16 Sep 2005, 21:16
OA is B guys!
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16 Sep 2005, 21:16
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