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# Those who come to church with a predisposition to religious

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27 Jul 2008, 17:56
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Those who come to church with a predisposition to religious belief will be happy in an auditorium or even a storefront, and there is no doubt that religion is sometimes better served by adapted spaces of this kind instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it

A) adapted spaces of this kind instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it
B)adapted spaces like these rather than some of the buildings actually designed for them
C)these adapted spaces instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it
D)such adapted spaces rather than by some of the buildings actually designed for them
E)such adapted spaces than by some of the buildings actually designed for it

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27 Jul 2008, 18:01
vksunder wrote:
Those who come to church with a predisposition to religious belief will be happy in an auditorium or even a storefront, and there is no doubt that religion is sometimes better served by adapted spaces of this kind instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it

A) adapted spaces of this kind instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it -> spaces of this kind is unidiomatic
B)adapted spaces like these rather than some of the buildings actually designed for them -> better .. rather than is incorrect
C)these adapted spaces instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it -> better ... instead in correct
D)such adapted spaces rather than by some of the buildings actually designed for them -> better ... rather
E)such adapted spaces than by some of the buildings actually designed for it -> PERFECT .. it correctly refers to religion and better than is idiomatic

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27 Jul 2008, 18:10
Well, this is an easy one that deals with the correct usage of the idiom.

The point that I'm not clear is regarding the placement of pronoun 'IT' in option E. The way the pronoun is placed it seems to refer to the buildings as opposed to religion. What say?

Shouldnt pronouns refer to the noun that immediately precedes it? I might be missing something, so please share your thoughts. Thanks!

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27 Jul 2008, 18:49
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vksunder wrote:
Well, this is an easy one that deals with the correct usage of the idiom.

The point that I'm not clear is regarding the placement of pronoun 'IT' in option E. The way the pronoun is placed it seems to refer to the buildings as opposed to religion. What say?

Shouldnt pronouns refer to the noun that immediately precedes it? I might be missing something, so please share your thoughts. Thanks!

Yes this a geuine doubt and this kind of scenario is time and again met in GMAT questions.
Actually important things to identify in SC basic grammar errors like tense problem,singular plural,idiom usage,pronoun,modifiers etc.
Once we are aware of the flaw in the statement we sould look for the meaning.

Consider this statement and option E

Those who come to church with a predisposition to religious belief will be happy in an auditorium or even a storefront, and there is no doubt that religion is sometimes better served by adapted spaces of this kind instead of by some of the buildings actually designed for it

E)such adapted spaces than by some of the buildings actually designed for it

At Once we read this sentence ,we come to know better is used ..so theres a comparison to be made
Hence here all the options other than E get eliminated then and there itself.
Now the query is what does IT modify ?

now if form the statement with option E

Those who come to church with a predisposition to religious belief will be happy in an auditorium or even a storefront, and there is no doubt that religion is sometimes better served by such adapted spaces than by some of the buildings actually designed for it
consider the meaning : we are comparing adaptive spaces with buildings.
Now consider the phrase : buildings actually designed for it
what are buildings designed for ? answer :they are designed for religion.hence religion is singular so it used .No doubts IT should link up to closest noun which is buildings here.But that does not make sense here.Now consider one scenario where we have another option (F)such adapted spaces than by some of the buildings actually designed for religion
This option would have been perfect
or option(G) such adapted spaces than by some of the buildings
(G) would have also justified
but provided options are limited better among the lot is the best

I hope i cleared the query.Let me know in case of any further query

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27 Jul 2008, 21:25
Spriya - Thanks for the informative explanation. +1!

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