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# Among the objects found in the excavated temple were small terra-cotta

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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......"
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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24 Aug 2011, 00:44
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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24 Aug 2011, 00:49
hi brijesh..
the " healing .." is in the sub clause. we are supposed to maintain parallelism in clauses dealing with the same object...here.. asking and thanking are parallel which are in their repective main clauses ...hence asking and thanking are parallel not asking and healing.
furthermore, my doubt was not this..
my doubt is that y cant we use " to heal" rather than "in healing"?
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Hi siddharth,

yes your point is correct, somehow i did not carefully read your post. here is what i came across on manhattan gmat regarding the use of the word 'aid'

When "aid" is used as a noun meaning help with performing some activity, the idiomatic rule dictates that

(1) the activity must be designated with a noun (e.g. "childbirth") or noun phrase (e.g. "giving birth to a child'), rather than with an infinitive (e.g. "to give birth to a child")
(2) the noun or noun phrase designating the activity must be immediately preceded by the word "in"

The following sentences illustrate this rule:

"The midwife provided aid in childbirth."
"Germany received America's aid in rebuilding Hamburg after the war."

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24 Aug 2011, 04:07
When "aid" is used as a noun meaning help with performing some activity

in your example it is "aid to victims"

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24 Aug 2011, 08:03
the examples u gave to illustrate also consist of aid meaning to help...
plz dnt mind..i need to clear this concept
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24 Aug 2011, 11:39
siddharthasingh wrote:
109) 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) same as underlined
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

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......"

"Aid in" and "Aid to" both are correct. But the matter is with heal. Following aid, in heal is correct rather to heal. That is correct idiom is aid in heal.
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109) 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

Idiom - 'aid in' --> eliminate D and E.
Idiom - 'either ... or...' --> eliminate B and C
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siddharthasingh wrote:
109) 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) same as underlined
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......"

Two splits -
1. aid in -> correct idiom in this case (note: "aid to" is also a correct idiom, but not in this case)
You can remember this idiom as, aid=help. The way you use the word help such as "help in", "help me", etc, you can use the word aid in the same way - "aid in", "aid me" etc.
2. asking the goddess || thanking her for such help
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19 Oct 2011, 11:29
Was stuck between A and E; ended up choosing E:(

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109) 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) same as underlined
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......"

Unfortunately I marked E but the answer must be A.

When "aid" is used as a noun meaning help with performing some activity, the idiomatic rule dictates that

(1) the activity must be designated with a noun (e.g. "childbirth") or noun phrase (e.g. "giving birth to a child'), rather than with an infinitive (e.g. "to give birth to a child")
(2) the noun or noun phrase designating the activity must be immediately preceded by the word "in"

The following sentences illustrate this rule:

"The midwife provided aid in childbirth."
"Germany received America's aid in rebuilding Hamburg after the war."

The sentence "The United States provides aid to many developing nations" does not violate this rule, because "aid" is not used to mean help with performing some activity.

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Use of idiom either ... or

a. correct
b. wrong idiom either ... and
c. wrong idiom either ... and
d. aid to - wrong - instead aid in to be used
e. aid to - wrong - instead aid in to be used + to heal ......... or thanking - not parallel
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26 Feb 2017, 12:01
Aid to + [ noun]

Aid in + [gerund ]

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17 Mar 2017, 08:19
Aid in healing ... and parallel structure - either asking.... or thanking..... IMO its A

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