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In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation

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Re: In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 01:39
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In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote respect for archaeological sites.

A. between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when promoting

D. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting


i pick B. all options can be out because of parallelism
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Re: Archeology [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2013, 04:43
MichaelS wrote:
As other commenters have noted, between is standard for two items, and among for three or more. The split between among and between looks like a great place to start, then, unless you're not quite sure how many items the sentence is talking about. I wasn't sure, so I started with parallelism.

The first and seems merely to link value and workings, and that compound is just the object of a preposition in one item in the longer list of the things that must be balanced, explanation..., revealing..., and to promote..... You could now eliminate answers that use between. (We should be careful that in some answers the list isn't somehow rejiggered to be just two items, each perhaps its own compound, but that doesn't turn out to be an issue here.)

So eliminate A, C, and E.

In B, the three parallel items are all gerunds, explaining..., revealing..., and promoting.... That's perfectly fine.

In D, the three parallel items are the simple gerund explaining, the noun the revelation, and the infinitive to promote. No two of those things are parallel, so eliminate D.

B it is.

By the way, if you'd like to see an earlier post of mine on parallelism issues with gerunds and other nouns, check out mohica-civilization-88664.html


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Re: In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2014, 18:22
In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote respect for archaeological sites.

A. between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote Wrong - "between" is an idiom only for two nouns whereas "among" is reserved for comparing three nouns; error in parallelism too

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting Best answer choice

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when "between" is an idiom only for two nouns whereas "among" is reserved for comparing three nouns; error in parallelism too

D. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote error in parallelism too

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting "between" is an idiom only for two nouns whereas "among" is reserved for comparing three nouns; error in parallelism too

IMO B
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