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Among the objects found in the excavated temple were small terra-cotta effigies left by supplicants who were either asking the goddess Bona Deaâ€™s aid in healing physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help.
(A) in healing physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help
(B) in healing physical and mental ills and to thank her for helping
(C) in healing physical and mental ills, and thanking her for helping
(D) to heal physical and mental ills or to thank her for such help
(E) to heal physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help

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31 Mar 2005, 11:07
since its an either or type problem, also we need to keep things ||

A seems to be the best fit...
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31 Mar 2005, 12:19
Its between A and E.

I go with "A"

aid in helping is better over aid to help
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31 Mar 2005, 12:57
I'm not sure if "Aid in healing" is idiomatic?

I would have gone with D because Bona Dea (IMHO) would provide "aid to" do something as opposed to "aid in" something and if that is correct then D over E because it is parallel...HELP!
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31 Mar 2005, 13:17
"A" is fine here. They are asking for her "aid in XYZ" not "aid to do XYZ"
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31 Mar 2005, 13:56
Choice is between A and E because "either asking ... or thanking".
I tend to choose E though, since in (A) people can be confused to think that thanking is parallel with healing and misread it to mean "aid in healing or thanking" ...
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31 Mar 2005, 16:31
A correctly uses either or and i think the correct idiom in this particular case is "aid in"
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31 Mar 2005, 16:36
Why isnt it E?

When should we be using a gerund V/S a infinitive?
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31 Mar 2005, 17:59
We need either... or... since we're dealing with two actions: healing... and thanking.... so (B), (C) are out.

(D) and (E) uses 'to heal' which is not suitable with the possesive Bona Dea's aid. The 'to' would be better suited if the sentence was 'asking the goddess Bona to heal.... or to thank.... In addition (E) has a problem with parallelism, 'thanking' is not parallel with 'to heal'

So (D) and (E) are out.

(A) is ideal. 'in healing' is idiomatic with 'Bona Dea's aid' and 'healing' 'thanking' are parallel.

A it is.
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31 Mar 2005, 18:21
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We need either... or... since we're dealing with two actions: healing... and thanking.... so (B), (C) are out.

(D) and (E) uses 'to heal' which is not suitable with the possesive Bona Dea's aid. The 'to' would be better suited if the sentence was 'asking the goddess Bona to heal.... or to thank.... In addition (E) has a problem with parallelism, 'thanking' is not parallel with 'to heal'

So (D) and (E) are out.

(A) is ideal. 'in healing' is idiomatic with 'Bona Dea's aid' and 'healing' 'thanking' are parallel.

A it is.

See? This is exactly what I mean. With A people would get so confused and thought they want the goddess for "healing" and "thanking".
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31 Mar 2005, 18:27
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ywilfred wrote:
We need either... or... since we're dealing with two actions: healing... and thanking.... so (B), (C) are out.

(D) and (E) uses 'to heal' which is not suitable with the possesive Bona Dea's aid. The 'to' would be better suited if the sentence was 'asking the goddess Bona to heal.... or to thank.... In addition (E) has a problem with parallelism, 'thanking' is not parallel with 'to heal'

So (D) and (E) are out.

(A) is ideal. 'in healing' is idiomatic with 'Bona Dea's aid' and 'healing' 'thanking' are parallel.

A it is.

See? This is exactly what I mean. With A people would get so confused and thought they want the goddess for "healing" and "thanking".

I see. (A) suggests they are thanking the aid, instead of thanking the goddess.
Is that it ??
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31 Mar 2005, 18:59
I prefer E. What is the proper idiom?
aid to or aid in
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31 Mar 2005, 19:02
MA wrote:
I prefer E. What is the proper idiom?
aid to or aid in

both are idiomatic, as like the 'aim at' and 'aim to' discussion we had long ago.
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31 Mar 2005, 19:08
Which one of this is correct?

We need John's help to solve this problem

We need John's help for solving this problem
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31 Mar 2005, 19:12
gmat2me2 wrote:
Which one of this is correct?

We need John's help to solve this problem

We need John's help for solving this problem

The first one is correct. The second one would be correct if it was:

"We need John's help for this problem".
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31 Mar 2005, 19:42

Thanks
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31 Mar 2005, 20:16
Alright, this is one of those ambiguous questions which can have IMO 2 very possible answers.

Clearly it is b/w A and E although I would say that common usage dictates that "aid to" in E sounds better. One thing is for sure though, the reason why A is good is NOT because of the parallellism b/w "asking, healing and thanking" as "healing" is part of an idiom rather than part of the present participle forms of "asking" and "healing". To me E sounds better although A is also a totally acceptable answer. Just do a quick search on google and you will see that "aid in + present participle" or "aid to + verb" are totally acceptable versions.
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31 Mar 2005, 21:20
Among the objects found in the excavated temple were small terra-cotta effigies left by supplicants who were either + asking the goddess Bona Deaâ€™s aid in healing physical and mental ills, or + thanking her for such help.

I think this may reduce confusion. If aid in is idiomatically correct, then clearly the choice is 'A'.

I am new to this site. I would like to hear from you if I am wrong.
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01 Apr 2005, 00:15
ywilfred wrote:
gmat2me2 wrote:
Which one of this is correct?
We need John's help to solve this problem
We need John's help for solving this problem

The first one is correct. The second one would be correct if it was:
"We need John's help for this problem".

Ywilfred, first one cannot be correct because the structure is Help+verb. help doesnot take infinitive (to).

If i have to choose bet these two, i definitely choose the second one.
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01 Apr 2005, 09:36
I think I remember that the "to" after "help" may or may not be omitted. Anybody can confirm this?
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