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106. 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


answer is A
"aid in" is the correct idiom, so left out A, B , C. Among them A only uses either .. or , so easy A
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106. 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


answer is A
"aid in" is the correct idiom, so left out A, B , C. Among them A only uses either .. or , so easy A


Man, as per Manhattan SC, both AID IN and AID TO are correct...
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would go with A, aid in doing something...and either/or, then thanking for parallelism
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106. 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


answer is A
"aid in" is the correct idiom, so left out A, B , C. Among them A only uses either .. or , so easy A


Man, as per Manhattan SC, both AID IN and AID TO are correct...


Check this link... and clarify
http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... l#post1541
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Noboru,

Yes you are correct, both Aid in and Aid to are correct. But pay attention.....to what follows the propostions.

Aid to the victims (noun) is available
Her Aid in walking (verb) the dog is appreciated.

As you can see, the question, requires the second version because healing is a verb.

So based on idiom itself, you can eliminate D and E. And among A,B,C - A is the only one that follows correct either/or structure. Therefore A is correct.
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106. 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


answer is A
"aid in" is the correct idiom, so left out A, B , C. Among them A only uses either .. or , so easy A


Man, as per Manhattan SC, both AID IN and AID TO are correct...


This is a offical problem from OG 11 th edition problem no.106
Follows official explanation

A Correct. The noun aid is correctly followed by in healing rather than by the infinitive to heal.The original sentence uses paralle structure to make its point, the idioms are correctly used.

D To heal is incorrect following aid; to thank is not parallel to asking

E To heal is incorrect following aid
It is better always to stick to the official explanation
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Noboru,

Yes you are correct, both Aid in and Aid to are correct. But pay attention.....to what follows the propostions.

Aid to the victims (noun) is available
Her Aid in walking (verb) the dog is appreciated.

As you can see, the question, requires the second version because healing is a verb.

So based on idiom itself, you can eliminate D and E. And among A,B,C - A is the only one that follows correct either/or structure. Therefore A is correct.


Aid to is correct in usual english, but GMAT usuage is different. It has its own rules. Check previous post for official Explanation
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Noboru,

Yes you are correct, both Aid in and Aid to are correct. But pay attention.....to what follows the propostions.

Aid to the victims (noun) is available
Her Aid in walking (verb) the dog is appreciated.

As you can see, the question, requires the second version because healing is a verb.

So based on idiom itself, you can eliminate D and E. And among A,B,C - A is the only one that follows correct either/or structure. Therefore A is correct.


Thanks! :stupid

One more thing to notice here is the pronoun possessive poison, as some Gurus are suggesting for the GMAT Land. :(
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One more thing to notice here is the pronoun possessive poison, as some Gurus are suggesting for the GMAT Land. :(


Check this ... am not the source, but i personally checked this.. mgmat recommends this rule, but in gmat there are many SC questions that dont use this rule. ALWAYS BETTER TO STICK WITH OFFICIAL EXPLANATION, did you go through the official explanation ,.. "aid to" is wrong atleast in gmat, stated in OG 11 th edition, problem no.106 , THE SAME PROBLEM IN DISCUSSION

There are indeed some usage guides and grammar teachers who maintain that "a nonpossessive pronoun cannot take as an antecedent a noun in the possessive case." This "rule," however, does not reflect actual usage and is not tested on the GMAT. Here are three correct answers from 1000SCs that violate this supposed rule:

Frances Wright’s book on America contrasted the republicanism of the United States with what she saw as the aristocratic and corrupt institutions of England.

Joplin’s faith in his opera “Tremonisha” was unshakable; in 1911 he published the score at his own expense and decided to stage the work himself.

On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.

Those who insist on this stricture are out of touch with the real world. It's one of those rules whose sole purpose is to separate the in-the-know elite from the ignorant masses.

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... post601370

Read this about possessive poison
http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... oison.html
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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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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

aid in or aid to


first, you have either....or
that eliminates b and c
to heal is a gerund and thanking as an infinitive
you must have gerund...gerund
or infinitive...infinitive
this eliminates e

you are left with d and e

aid + infinitive is not correct

leaves a
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OA is
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As for the idiom ..
Aid to means financial help
Aid in means help ...

Here the meaning is god's help ... so Aid in
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Aid in + action (gerund) VS Aid to + person
Her aid in cleaning the injury is appreciated. VS The volunteer nurse provides aid to the patients.
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IMO D

because of correct parallelism and correct idiom with either .. or ..
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what is OA??

I believe its A. aid in is the correct usage.
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aid in, either... or. A is perfect.
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aid to and aid in both are correct.
But why is aid in CORRECT in the sc?
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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 godess 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

[Reveal] Spoiler: My take
my method of approaching this SC was:-
firstly i looked for parallelism...either asking must be parallel to thanking...
hence b and d are eliminated...
left with a, c and e

secondly either...and is incorrect.....rather it must be either...or
c eliminated..left with a and e

now my doubt is can't it be "aid to heal......"

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Hi siddharth

we have to maintain parallelism throughout, in the above question it is asking the goddess aid so in the correct ans should maintain this parallelism and hence the correct choice is A.

though C maintains the parallelism it is idiomatically wrong, it should be 'either..or' and not 'either..and'.


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