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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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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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24 Apr 2007, 01:08
Are you sure you provided correct answer choices? I don't like any of them
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24 Apr 2007, 01:12
[quote="ani"][u]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.
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A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"? :?[/quote]

All the choices look awful, but I will go for B

A-'rather than' + verb-ING
B- correct; however, I don't like t construction '..to see if he could...'
C-'rather than' is better than 'instead'. In addition, the phrase 'having been sent by' is awkward, the verb should comply with the one in the original sentence
D-'rather than' + verb-ING; In addition, the phrase 'having been sent by' is awkward, the verb should comply with the one in the original sentence
E-the use of 'instead of' changes the meaning of the sentences;
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24 Apr 2007, 01:45
E for me. In fact, all are wrong by GMAT standard because "if" is only for conditional clause in GMAT.

C, D: having been sent is at last. Wrong.

A: rather than accept is wrong. also by sailing west is not as good as E's.
B: by sailing west is not as good as E's. No problem with rather than here.

E is right.
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24 Apr 2007, 06:59
ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

It's D.

First - Rather than accept is idiomatic - so there's no need to worry about the ing form here.

Second - whether is almost always preferred to IF on the GMAT. If is used in cause-effect sentences. I will not come IF it rains.

Third - Between instead and rather - instead is used for nouns - I will take a pen instead of a pencil. Rather is used for phrases - He decided to fight rather than to sit.
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24 Apr 2007, 07:39
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ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

It's D.

First - Rather than accept is idiomatic - so there's no need to worry about the ing form here.

Second - whether is almost always preferred to IF on the GMAT. If is used in cause-effect sentences. I will not come IF it rains.

Third - Between instead and rather - instead is used for nouns - I will take a pen instead of a pencil. Rather is used for phrases - He decided to fight rather than to sit.

"Rather Than" can also be used for nouns.

I bought a mountain bike rather than a ten-speed
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24 Apr 2007, 07:52
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dwivedys wrote:
ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

It's D.

First - Rather than accept is idiomatic - so there's no need to worry about the ing form here.

Second - whether is almost always preferred to IF on the GMAT. If is used in cause-effect sentences. I will not come IF it rains.

Third - Between instead and rather - instead is used for nouns - I will take a pen instead of a pencil. Rather is used for phrases - He decided to fight rather than to sit.

"Rather Than" can also be used for nouns.

I bought a mountain bike rather than a ten-speed

I was referring to GMAT usage. Otherwise in regular english - it doesn't make much difference either way.
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24 Apr 2007, 07:53
ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

I think this particular SC is testing for the idiom " rather than accept".
Between A and D, I pick A because "having been sent by the king and queen of Spain" doesnot sound correct.
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24 Apr 2007, 08:23
I think "instead of" is more appropriate here. The question is who did not accept the conventional wisdom. Was it Columbus or the king and queen of Spain? Seems to me it was the latter and E reflects that.
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24 Apr 2007, 08:25
hmmm...thanks for clearing that up... Dwivedys and goalsnr!

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24 Apr 2007, 09:38
First of all,it has to be rather than to indicate a preference on the part of Columbus...So C and E are out.
In A and B it is not clear that Columbus rather than accept did what??
I think its D...its a tough one.
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24 Apr 2007, 10:20
dwivedys wrote:
ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

It's D.

First - Rather than accept is idiomatic - so there's no need to worry about the ing form here.

Second - whether is almost always preferred to IF on the GMAT. If is used in cause-effect sentences. I will not come IF it rains.

Third - Between instead and rather - instead is used for nouns - I will take a pen instead of a pencil. Rather is used for phrases - He decided to fight rather than to sit.

Hats off to the explanation by dwidevys. The OA is D.
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24 Apr 2007, 18:50
Can't take the OA as correct. I gotta consider the question erratic.

"India, having been sent by the ..." has the meaning of India having been sent. The clause should not be at the end of the sentence to modify Columbus.
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25 Apr 2007, 00:03
Not convinced.
Rather than accept seems wrong.
And sure it is tough but I think B should be the choice.
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27 Apr 2007, 12:55
ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

My pick is B. I guess "Rather than accept " is wrong in A and D. In C "having been sent" looks incorrect .
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ani wrote:
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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"?

lesson: we should use "Rather than" rather than "Instead of".
question: how is D correct with phrase "having been sent by the king and queen of Spain". "having ......" is not acceptable in gmat.

so I am leaaning towards E.
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[img]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.

A. 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 sailing west.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.

"Rather than" or "Instead of"? Confused[/img]

Rather than accepting .just .sounds correct !!

A) & D) Rather than accept ( dosent sound rigth )
c) Wrong as it changes the meaning of sentence that columbus did not
accept something .

My choice was between B & E

My Answer : E ( "reason:was sent to sail west..seems correct")

Rather than / Instead of both seem to be ok .
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16 May 2007, 07:30
i narrowed down 2 b & e but chose B.......
oa=D????
i dont like it........wot is the source????
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