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Many professional football teams have found that they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting skill position players, such as wide receivers and quarterbacks, who tend to demand higher salaries and who take longer to develop into quality players at the professional level.

(A) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting
(B) selecting linemen in the college draft better serves them than the selection of
(C) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft rather than by selecting
(D) the selection of linemen is better than
(E) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting

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Many professional football teams have found that they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting skill position players, such as wide receivers and quarterbacks, who tend to demand higher salaries and who take longer to develop into quality players at the professional level.

(A) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting
(B) selecting linemen in the college draft better serves them than the selection of
(C) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft rather than by selecting
(D) the selection of linemen is better than
(E) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting

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Here I go,

(A) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting --> Instead of + GERUND is always incorrect.
(B) selecting linemen in the college draft better serves them than the selection of --> Selecting vs selection. Parallelism error.
(C) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft rather than by selecting --> Rather THAN is redundant.
(D) the selection of linemen is better than --> Changes the meaning. + Parallelism error.
(E) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting. --> BEST answer choice. -- Correct
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Many professional football teams have found that they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting skill position players, such as wide receivers and quarterbacks, who tend to demand higher salaries and who take longer to develop into quality players at the professional level.

(A) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting
(B) selecting linemen in the college draft better serves them than the selection of
(C) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft rather than by selecting
(D) the selection of linemen is better than
(E) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting

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Many professional football teams have found that they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting skill position players, such as wide receivers and quarterbacks, who tend to demand higher salaries and who take longer to develop into quality players at the professional level.

Answer must be (E) for the highlighted errors in the options.
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Except C and E, none of the options are parallel. In C, the use of rather is redundant.
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Is rather than always redundant? For e.g He is a weak man rather than a timid man. Here rather than compares two clauses which is fine.
In this sentence:
Many professional football teams have found that they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting skill position players, such as wide receivers and quarterbacks, who tend to demand higher salaries and who take longer to develop into quality players at the professional level.

Choice E Is more parallel than than choice C.
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What would be the correct expression of 'than' vs 'rather than'?
Also why is rather than redundant - its usually used to convey a tone of contrast. Ex: They selected xyz rather than abc as it helped serve their cause?
Was stuck b/w C and E and picked C (rather than). Would be glad to read any expert comment on this!
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What would be the correct expression of 'than' vs 'rather than'?
Also why is rather than redundant - its usually used to convey a tone of contrast. Ex: They selected xyz rather than abc as it helped serve their cause?
Was stuck b/w C and E and picked C (rather than). Would be glad to read any expert comment on this!



Because of the use of the comparative form - X Better than Y or X More than Y
E.g. - Game of Thrones is better than Harry Potter. (Sorry if you are a Harry Potter Fan).
Try saying 'Game of Thrones is better rather than Harry Potter'. <- Makes no sense.

they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting
The structure here is 'Better Served by X Than by Y'.

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WELL FIRST OF ALL,, all those who said that rather is redundant,, check your facts.
X rather than Y is appropriate when two noun/noun phrases are being compared but when we inserted by in their it just becommes some other case, hence than can be properly used to convey a comparison that includes clause like structured sentences..
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alanforde800Maximus wrote:
sandeepmanocha wrote:
Many professional football teams have found that they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting skill position players, such as wide receivers and quarterbacks, who tend to demand higher salaries and who take longer to develop into quality players at the professional level.

(A) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting
(B) selecting linemen in the college draft better serves them than the selection of
(C) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft rather than by selecting
(D) the selection of linemen is better than
(E) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting

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Source: Veritas SC Homework Question#74


Can any one share POE on above problem?


Here I go,

(A) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft instead of selecting --> Instead of + GERUND is always incorrect.
(B) selecting linemen in the college draft better serves them than the selection of --> Selecting vs selection. Parallelism error.
(C) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft rather than by selecting --> Rather THAN is redundant.
(D) the selection of linemen is better than --> Changes the meaning. + Parallelism error.
(E) they are better served by selecting linemen in the college draft than by selecting. --> BEST answer choice. -- Correct


There is no such rule as "instead of +GERAND" is wrong.

Correct sentences -
1. Instead of improving, Destiny got steadily worse.

2.Instead of shifting with each step, the ground felt solid.

Choice A is wrong for wrong comparison markers - better...than... (Correct)

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Hi,
Why is use of rather than redundant here? Would you please elaborate use of rather than in GMAT SC? As per my understanding, rather than is used in a sentence when a preference has to be shown. Eg: I would like to invite her rather than her husband.
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