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Choose the sentence with properly used idiom (emphasized with boldface). Please note that a wrong answer choice may be grammatically correct.

A. The astronauts would probably best use their remaining time living and working on Mars instead of dying at home.
B. The astronauts would probably best use their remaining time living and working on Mars rather dying at home.
C. The astronauts would probably best use their remaining time living and working on Mars rather than dying at home.
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

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Choose the sentence with properly used idiom (emphasized with boldface). Please note that a wrong answer choice may be grammatically correct.

A. The astronauts would probably best use their remaining time living and working on Mars instead of dying at home.
B. The astronauts would probably best use their remaining time living and working on Mars rather dying at home.
C. The astronauts would probably best use their remaining time living and working on Mars rather than dying at home.
D. All of the above
E. None of the above



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New post 26 Dec 2014, 15:31
Hey Bunnuel, can you please explain why instead of is not correct?
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Here C is correct.
Rather than compare two clauses
and,instead of compare two nouns.

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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.

In contrast, "rather than" can compare nouns or verbs, so it's just more likely to be correct.
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Rather than > Instead of : Preference in GMAT
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New post 29 Nov 2016, 09:57
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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.

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



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New post 12 Jul 2017, 11:05
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According to me, both A and B are correct. 'dying' is a gerund here and not a noun. verb-ing by itself are not verbs.

Instead of takes noun after 'of' because of the preposition 'of'. Correct .

Rather than can take both nouns, verbs, or clauses. Correct.
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