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I don't understand the choice of the following sentence:

Rather than _____ trouble, he left.

a. cause b. to cause c. causing d. caused

The key is a. But as far as I know rather than should be followed by parallel parts. So can I choose d?

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Jiang
 

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I think causing trouble would be more likely to be used in a "positive" statement, thus:
  • He was causing trouble, so he was expelled from the meeting.
 
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