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New post 18 Aug 2018, 11:14
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Can someone tell me where i can get more information on usage of "rather than" and "instead of."

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http://gmat-grammar.blogspot.com/2006/0 ... f.html?m=1

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Can someone tell me where i can get more information on usage of "rather than" and "instead of."

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https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t7242.html

http://gmat-verbalguru.blogspot.com/201 ... ad-of.html
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New post 02 Oct 2019, 23:00
When the main clause has a to - infinitive, rather than is usually followed by an infinitive without to or -ing form. e.g - I decided to write rather than phone/phoning. Instead of - suggests that one person, thing or action replaces another. Instead is not used alone as a preposition; we use the two words instead of.
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New post 09 Oct 2019, 12:44
ammuseeru wrote:
Hi,

Can someone tell me where i can get more information on usage of "rather than" and "instead of."

Thanks,
Amm


Here's some discussion of this from the MPrep forums:

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t7242.html

Particularly, the first reply is correct:

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The "of" in "instead of" is a preposition, and the object of a preposition must be a noun.

So you CAN say:
I want chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla today.
Miguel decided to play guitar instead of drums.
Abhi wants to know when to use the words "rather than" instead of the words "instead of."

But you SHOULDN'T say:
I walked to work instead of drove.
Miguel played guitar instead of drummed.
Abhi embraced the difficulties of grammar instead of gave up.

(See? These are all parallel--two verbs in the same tense. But, it probably even sounds weird to many people that I put a verb after "instead of." My ear is telling me to switch the last words above to driving, drumming or drums, and giving up, but that would ruin the parallelism, so there's obviously some possible difficulty with using "instead of.")

In contrast, "rather than" can compare nouns or verbs, so it's just more likely to be correct.

It's probably most noteworthy that the OG doesn't even mention the rather than/instead of choice in the explanation for questions that have it, except to say that both require parallelism.

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