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Among the objects found in the excavated temple were small

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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 Dea’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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Parallelism issue: Either asking …. Or thanking …
Eliminate B, C and D

Between A and E:
E: - were either asking the goddess Bona Dea’s aid to heal (infinitive) … or thanking her for (Preposition)

A is better

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why is 'aid in healing' better then 'aid to heal'
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Hi spiridon,

given the context of the sentence:

Among the objects found in the excavated temple were small terra-cotta effigies left by supplicants who were either asking the goddess Bona Dea’s aid in healing physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help.

aid is noun here - so in healing more appropriate than aid to heal which works for verb.

I hope this helps.

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Another A.

Gerund phrase cannot be replaced with an infinitive phrase as otherwise meaning changes. That is the reason, D and E are out.

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