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    #1

    Rather than

    I studied something that really did spark my interest rather than ........ my job aspirations.

    1. to further
    2. further
    3. furthering

    In my opinion, only 2 and 3 can work here. I wonder that can we use No.1 here, too? According to Michael Swan, we use bare infinitive or -ing after "rather than".

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    #2

    Re: Rather than

    I agree with Michael Swan (he'll be pleased to know that). I'd only use 'further' in this case.

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    #3

    Re: Rather than

    Do you agree that his book is by far the most reliable grammar book?

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    #4

    Re: Rather than

    I don't know. I haven't read them all.

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    #5

    Re: Rather than

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Do you agree that his book is by far the most reliable grammar book?
    It's an excellent book.

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