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# Today just is not my day.. One more SC which stumped me....

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Today just is not my day.. One more SC which stumped me....

He had himself baptized, chosen an influential godfather, and managed, by planking down considerable sums of money, to purchase the privilege of replacing for the name "Kanitz" the more aristocratic and euphonious one of "von kekesfalva".

(A) to purchase the privilege of replacing for the name "Kanitz" the more aristocratic and euphonious one of "von kekesfalva".
(B) to purchase the privilege of replacing by the name "Kanitz" the more aristocratic and euphonious one of "von kekesfalva".
(C) to purchase the privilege of substituting by the name "Kanitz" the more aristocratic and euphonious one of "von kekesfalva".
(D) to purchase the privilege of replacing the name "Kanitz" with the more aristocratic and euphonious one of "von kekesfalva".
(E) to purchase the privilege of substituting for the name "Kanitz" the more aristocratic and euphonious one of "von kekesfalva".
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21 Mar 2007, 22:31
D it is

replacing for
replacing by
substituting by

are all incorrect usages

the correct usage is replacing X
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22 Mar 2007, 05:15
The right idiom is "to replace with." Hence, D is the answer.
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22 Mar 2007, 06:14
yea D is the only one that makes sense....I can understand how something like this may be harder for a non native speaker , to me without even analyzing the choices the others use language that is never used.

replacing for the name
replacing by the name
subsituting by the name
substituting for the name

all are unidiomatic awkward phrases
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22 Mar 2007, 10:41
wavered between D and E and chose D
both "substitue X for Y" and "replace Y with X" are idiomatic
but I have never heard "substitute for Y X"
So I think it is D too

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Re: SC - von kekesfalva [#permalink]

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22 Mar 2007, 14:01
Two idioms: replace X with Y, substitute X for Y.
Only D uses the correct idiom.
Re: SC - von kekesfalva   [#permalink] 22 Mar 2007, 14:01
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