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# Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have ch

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Re: Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have ch [#permalink]
X rather than Y is correct form.

X and Y should be parallel. Only option C has this parallelism.

Also instead is used when we are talking in terms of Replace.

Here instead does not make sense.

IMO C. All other choices have faulty parallelism error.
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Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have chosen to take public transportation rather than driving to work in the gridlock of city traffic.

The subject is not "commuters" but "the increasing number of commuters", so there is a singular subject. We can rule out A and B because of subject-verb agreement.

We have to respect the parallelism. Chose to take public transportation rather than to drive
This rules out D and E
C is the correct one.

(C) choose to take public transportation rather than to drive
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Re: Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have ch [#permalink]
Official Explanation :

The underlined portion contains an incorrect comparison: to take is not parallel to driving, so eliminate (A), as well as (D), and (E), which repeat the error.

Choice (B) is also not correct: to drive is not parallel to taking.

Using take and drive makes the sentence parallel, so the correct answer is (C).
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Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have chosen to take public transportation rather than driving to work in the gridlock of city traffic.

(A) have chosen to take public transportation rather than driving --> "to take" isn't parallel w/ "driving"

(B) have chosen taking public transportation rather than to drive--> "taking" isn't parallel w/ "to drive"

(C) choose to take public transportation rather than to drive --> correct: "to take" is parallel w/ "to drive"

(D) choose to take public transportation rather than driving--> "to take" isn't parallel w/ "driving"

(E) choose to take public transportation instead of driving--> "to take" isn't parallel w/ "driving" and only a noun(no a clause) can be used after "instead of"
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Re: Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have ch [#permalink]
As far as I know and remember from one of the generis post, rather than is not followed by "to" since the second case is hypothetical and requires bare infinitive. Can someone correct me if I am wrong here?

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Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have ch [#permalink]
iamdivs wrote:
As far as I know and remember from one of the generis post, rather than is not followed by "to" since the second case is hypothetical and requires bare infinitive. Can someone correct me if I am wrong here?

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Hi iamdivs,

Using a to after rather than is not impossible. Here is an example:
The briefing was used to mislead members of the public rather than to help them understand the severity of the situation.
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Re: Recent surveys indicate that an increasing number of commuters have ch [#permalink]
Choose to X...............rather than to Y .....................

Option C is the correct answer. Other options have a parallelism problem as identified above.
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