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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Question 8 ##### This topic has 2 expert replies and 5 member replies ## Question 8 In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between. (A) instead of (B) as opposed to (C) in contrast with (D) rather than at (E) as against being at No clue how to tackle it. Any advise? Legendary Member Joined 28 Apr 2012 Posted: 520 messages Followed by: 49 members Upvotes: 339 Test Date: August 18, 2012 GMAT Score: 770 anshulagarwal12 wrote: In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between. (A) instead of (B) as opposed to (C) in contrast with (D) rather than at (E) as against being at No clue how to tackle it. Any advise? This one tests meaning with prepositional use. In the first part, we are told that: Bonding is effected over a broad surface. For the second part to make sense, we cannot have welding "over" a series of points. The correct preposition is "at" a series of points, or "on" a series of points. With this in mind, we can eliminated A,B,C. E is incorrect because as "effected..being at" is incorrect usage of being. This leaves us with D as the correct choice using the preposition "at". Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 21 Nov 2011 Posted: 9 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 7 I think this is a clear idiomatic usage - rather than. Is there another way to tackle this. ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 08 Dec 2008 Posted: 12534 messages Followed by: 1245 members Upvotes: 5254 GMAT Score: 770 anshulagarwal12 wrote: In metalwork one advantage of adhesive-bonding over spot-welding is that the contact, and hence the bonding, is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series of regularly spaced points with no bonding in between. (A) instead of (B) as opposed to (C) in contrast with (D) rather than at (E) as against being at No clue how to tackle it. Any advise? We're comparing two things here. We're comparing how the bonding is effected. The original sentence is missing a preposition. A) ...contact...is effected continuously over a broad surface instead of a series of B) ...contact...is effected continuously over a broad surface as opposed to a series of C) ...contact...is effected continuously over a broad surface in contrast with a series of D) ...contact...is effected continuously over a broad surface rather than at a series of E) ...contact...is effected continuously over a broad surface as against being at a series of "as against being"? Yikes! The best answer is D Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson â€“ Creator of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Sign up for our free Question of the Day emails And check out all of our free resources GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMATâ€™s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 29 Jul 2008 Posted: 58 messages Upvotes: 7 Hi Brent, Answer B also has a preposition "to". Why answer D is preferred to Answer B. Thanks Jerry ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 08 Dec 2008 Posted: 12534 messages Followed by: 1245 members Upvotes: 5254 GMAT Score: 770 henryjejo wrote: Hi Brent, Answer B also has a preposition "to". Why answer D is preferred to Answer B. Thanks Jerry In answer choice B, "to" is part of the comparative "as opposed to". To make B legitimate, we could add " Quote: over " to get "...contact...is effected continuously over a broad surface as opposed to over a series of ... Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson â€“ Creator of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Sign up for our free Question of the Day emails And check out all of our free resources GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMATâ€™s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 10 Jan 2016 Posted: 2 messages Hi Brent.. Had one doubt here.. I always thought 'rather than' suggests a preference and 'instead of' suggests an alternative... Keeping that in mind I choose, A. Please help.. Cheers, Dhara Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 08 Dec 2010 Posted: 64 messages Upvotes: 1 Dhara Pujara wrote: Hi Brent.. Had one doubt here.. I always thought 'rather than' suggests a preference and 'instead of' suggests an alternative... Keeping that in mind I choose, A. Please help.. Cheers, Dhara I think the main problem with A is that it is missing the word "at". Without it, it changes the meaning slightly. 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