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New post 05 Jan 2016, 08:15
No.

Idiomatic?? Give me a break. That's not a real thing. That is like saying "this sentence is wrong but we're testing you on which specific way it is semi-allowably wrong."

Put this garbage question in front of any English/Literature professor and they will laugh.

I hope some GMAC person reads this and spends the rest of their day trying to remove this stupid question from all official prep material.
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New post 28 Mar 2016, 09:32
In case anyone non-native is still wondering about the idiomatic usage of "aid", I think this might help: Both "Aid to" and "Aid in" are correct, but at the same time they are supposed to be used in different scenarios.

Aid in:
Whenever "Aid" is intended as "help in doing something", "helping hand", "giving a hand", or any equivalent, the correct usage is "Aid in". Especial emphasis in aid should be made when reading the phrase. It can usually be replaced by "help" or "support" if you change the following verb from gerund (-ing) to infinitive, and actually both replacements are more common than "aid in". The whole reason "in" is added is because without it, it sounds like you mean "rescue" or "heal".

Examples:
I would like to aid in building (gerund) the shelter -> I would like to help build (infinitive) the shelter
I'm asking you to aid in delivering packages -> I would like to help deliver packages


Aid to:
Whenever "Aid" is intended as "(physical/financial) support", "(health) care", "general help", or any equivalent, then it will probably be preceded by a verb that implies "to give", such as "provide", "give", "deliver", etc. In this case, aid is clearly a noun and often a tangible noun at that. The "to" part of "aid to" isn't very idiomatic as it stems from the preceding "to give" verb (I give X to Y, X being "Aid" in this case)

Examples:
I think giving (financial) aid to third world countries is a poor course of action
She provided aid to the wounded soldiers


As you can see both usages of "Aid" are VERY different, and are usually quite unambiguous. The only confusing part about this particular problem (OG15, SC, 109) is that "for" is not used, as most people would expect: "(...) who were either asking [for] the goddess Bona Dea’s aid in healing (...)".

"Aid to" in this particular question is also incorrect because it can only mean "asking the goddess Bona Dea's aid in order to heal (...)". That would change the meaning of the sentence to either mean "aid" as in physical aid (which doesn't make sense), or to express that the supplicants were asking the goddess for help in doing something (unspecified) in order to heal the ills, which doesn't make sense as well.

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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


WHY USE OF TO HEAL IS WRONG... ????
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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


WHY USE OF TO HEAL IS WRONG... ????

Dear rahsin,

My friend, please do not start a new post for a question that has already been posted multiple times. Any SC in the OG is already somewhere on GMAT Club. Always search first, and add your question to an existing thread, if the discussion there doesn't already answer your question.

What you are asking is an idiom question. Here are some free GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

Does all this make sense?
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New post 23 Jul 2016, 22:09
hi,
May i ask something expect the"aid"?
In the official explanation, for B, it says" And is incorrect following either, and its use changes the meaning of the sentence; to thank is not parallel to asking; for helping is awkward."
#1 I confuse about the meaning change,could someone help me to figure it out?
#2 Why "for helping" is awkward?
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hi,
May i ask something expect the"aid"?
In the official explanation, for B, it says" And is incorrect following either, and its use changes the meaning of the sentence; to thank is not parallel to asking; for helping is awkward."
#1 I confuse about the meaning change,could someone help me to figure it out?
#2 Why "for helping" is awkward?
THANKS IN ADVANCE !


Hi,
The phrase 'thanking her for helping' doesn't convey complete or intending meaning , thanked her for helping what? whereas other phrase ' thanking her for such help' completes the meaning ( she thanked her for aid in healing ).
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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


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>>Parallelism is not ok.
(C) in healing physical and mental ills, and thanking her for helping>>parallelism is not ok.
(D) to heal physical and mental ills or to thank her for such help>>parallelism is not ok.
(E) to heal physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help>> it seems to me that 'to heal' (infinitive) is ok. BUT, why 'in healing' is ok??
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pusht wrote:
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


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>>Parallelism is not ok.
(C) in healing physical and mental ills, and thanking her for helping>>parallelism is not ok.
(D) to heal physical and mental ills or to thank her for such help>>parallelism is not ok.
(E) to heal physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help>> it seems to me that 'to heal' (infinitive) is ok. BUT, why 'in healing' is ok??
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Look for a difference between "aid to" and "aid in".

You will get your answer. :-D
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iMyself wrote:

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>>Parallelism is not ok.
(C) in healing physical and mental ills, and thanking her for helping>>parallelism is not ok.
(D) to heal physical and mental ills or to thank her for such help>>parallelism is not ok.
(E) to heal physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help>> it seems to me that 'to heal' (infinitive) is ok. BUT, why 'in healing' is ok??
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Look for a difference between "aid to" and "aid in".

You will get your answer. :-D

There is no phrase in Cambridge dictionary like 'aid in' brother.
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iMyself wrote:
abhimahna wrote:
iMyself wrote:

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>>Parallelism is not ok.
(C) in healing physical and mental ills, and thanking her for helping>>parallelism is not ok.
(D) to heal physical and mental ills or to thank her for such help>>parallelism is not ok.
(E) to heal physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help>> it seems to me that 'to heal' (infinitive) is ok. BUT, why 'in healing' is ok??
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Look for a difference between "aid to" and "aid in".

You will get your answer. :-D

There is no phrase in Cambridge dictionary like 'aid in' brother.


I thought you would be looking for the idiomatic usage.

Anyways, I hope the below link might help you to some extent. :-D

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iMyself wrote:
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>>Parallelism is not ok.
(C) in healing physical and mental ills, and thanking her for helping>>parallelism is not ok.
(D) to heal physical and mental ills or to thank her for such help>>parallelism is not ok.
(E) to heal physical and mental ills or thanking her for such help>> it seems to me that 'to heal' (infinitive) is ok. BUT, why 'in healing' is ok??
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There is no phrase in Cambridge dictionary like 'aid in' brother

Dear iMyself,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, this is a matter of idioms. Dictionaries may list some of more typical idioms for a particular word, but there is no way that a dictionary could list every possible idiom that could accompany a word. The absence of a possible idiom from a dictionary entry establishes nothing.

The construction with "aid" + [infinitive] is awkward.
asking the goddess Bona Dea's aid to heal physical and mental ills ...
This is not "wrong," but it sounds "off." Presumably, the infinitive used here would be an infinitive of purpose, but there is something logically suspect about this. An infinitive of purpose is typically not how we express the intent of a request we make of someone. Again, this is not B/W wrong, but it is palpably "off" in a way that is immediately obvious to a well-spoken native speaker.

By contrast, the construction with "in" is idiomatically correct.
asking the goddess Bona Dea's aid in healing physical and mental ills
To a native ear, this strikes a note of rightness that the other lacks. This is a valid idiom.

I realize that this is the hardest thing for folks learning English as a second language to appreciate, that intuitive sense of "rightness" about the language. I sincerely say that anyone who, starting from another language, has gotten up to GMAT level in English has my complete respect: that is a tremendous achievement in and of itself. At the same time, it takes tremendous additional effort for a non-native speaker who is already highly competent in English to build this deep intuitive sense of "rightness," and few students have the stamina or the patience for such work. The difference maker is the habit of reading, which over times builds intuition. See:
How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score

Does all this make sense?
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Aid to + [ noun]

Aid in + [gerund ]
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Aid in healing ... and parallel structure - either asking.... or thanking..... IMO its A
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there seems to be a lot of confusion about "aid in" vs "aid to"...

to set this straight once and for all, let me see if i understand the difference.

- aid to = requires a recipient (ex: i would like to give aid to the hurricane katrina relief effort)
- aid in = describing something (ex: i would like to help Sarah by offering my aid in GMAT preparation)

am i understanding this correctly?
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i marked E and after searching i get through this post of mike .

Idioms involving “aid”

This is a very tricky little word. When “aid” is used as a verb, the subject is the person providing help, the direct object is the person helped, and an “in” preposition can be used with a gerund to indicate the activity in which help was offered.

5) US Marshalls aided James Meredith in attending the University of Mississippi.

When “aid” is used as a noun, the recipients of the help can be objects of either “to” or “for” (“aid to refugees”, “aid for victims of the disaster”). Again, the “in” preposition is followed by a gerund and denotes the activity in which help is provided.

6) His aid in stuffing the envelopes was invaluable.

7) The agency’s aid in tracking down “deadbeat dads” should not be underestimated.

The noun “aid” can be followed by a “to” preposition to indicate a recipient, but it is a mistake to follow “aid” with an infinitive. This is a classic idiom-mistake on the GMAT.

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Few themes here:

- Parallelism (either/or): "either asking" NON-UNDERLINED, so "or thanking".
--> Elim B, D

- Parallelism (asking and thanking -- should be same tense)
--> Elim E

- Proper Idiom: Either/Or
--> Elim B, C

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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


A Correct.
B "To thank" is not parallel with "asking."
C "Either...and" is not idiomatic.
D "To heal" is not parallel with "asking."
E "To heal" is not parallel with "asking."
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Can someone explain the difference between aid to and aid in?
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Sunayana.reddy wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between aid to and aid in?


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