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# Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth

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Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by traveling west.
Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by traveling west.

Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.

Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.
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30 Jun 2011, 16:10
+1 D

"if" requires a consequence: if he...., he (would/could/may...). A, B and E, out.

The GMAT prefers "rather than". C out.
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01 Jul 2011, 01:01
Why B is not correct? Pls explain. I chose B. B also has if..... could( Condition)

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01 Jul 2011, 01:10
We need and active voice here, and B does not have that.
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01 Jul 2011, 08:49
Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by traveling west.

Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by traveling west.

Rather than accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to see if he could reach India by sailing west.

Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.
Awkward modifier with “having”; Changes the meaning in my opinion. Whether is better than “If”

Rather than accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus sailed west to see whether he could reach India, having been sent by the king and queen of Spain.
Awkward modifier with “having”; Changes the meaning in my opinion. Whether is better than “If”

Instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, Christopher Columbus was sent by the king and queen of Spain to sail west to see if he could reach India.

In my opinion, B is the one with least problems, but I am not sure how awkward is the modifier with “having” in C and D. B is economically better than E. Also IMO "to sail west" construction in E changes meaning of the sentence a bit.

Can someone shed some light on the idiomatic construction of “Rather than accept” and “Instead of accepting”? “Rather than accept” just doesn’t sound correct to me.
Although I know "If" is a problem too, but I am not sure how big is it in terms of weighing against awkwardly placed modifier with "having".
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01 Jul 2011, 10:18
Whether is preferred when we select between 2 choices.

So any sentence with "If" is out here.

I narrowed it down to C / D.Can someone pls explain what is the difference between,

Rather than accept

though "accepting" sounds pretty correct to me.

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01 Jul 2011, 10:49
Im with you on that accepting sounds better... doesnt it?
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05 Jul 2011, 19:39
Why not A? In D, it seems that India is being sent by the king and queen of Spain, hence it is an incorrect modifier.
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07 Jul 2011, 02:42
I too got confused between C and D, here is an explanation to this question

www[dot]manhattangmat[dot]com/forums/rather-than-accept-the-conventional-wisdom-that-the-earth-t1177[dot]html

(replace the [dot]s with ".", I couldn't post URLs as am a new member)
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07 Jul 2011, 11:09
'instead of ' is not preferred on GMAT- hence eliminate c and D
'whether' and not 'if' is required here as "saling west " is a choice and not a condition
my Ans- D (took 1:42 )

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