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# In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation

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In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote respect for archaeological sites.

A. between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when promoting

D. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting
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22 May 2009, 20:16
E for me.

E follows correct parallelism

'among' usage is incorrect hence B and D ruled out.

A: 'to promote' is wrong
C: 'when promoting' is not parallel.
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In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote respect for archaeological sites.

A. between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting..parallel and among X,Y and Z format is required ..CORRECT

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when promoting

D. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting...explaining and in revealing is not parallel ..
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if 2 use between if more than two use among
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30 Sep 2011, 02:40
Its a tricky one especially with between and among. But among is right with parallel list of -ing's.
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B is correct due to among and llelism of the tense of verbs though last one promoting respect... seems a bit weird.. but makes sense...
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nightwing79 wrote:
In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote respect for archaeological sites.

A. between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when promoting

D. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting

Only B maintains ||sm
among should be used when comparing multiple items - here are the 3 items.
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09 Oct 2011, 11:25
+1 B

We have more than three elements, "among" is required, not "between".

Simple gerunds (gerunds without a "the" before the gerund) are parallel only with other simple gerunds.
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As other commenters have noted, between is standard for two items, and among for three or more. The split between among and between looks like a great place to start, then, unless you're not quite sure how many items the sentence is talking about. I wasn't sure, so I started with parallelism.

The first and seems merely to link value and workings, and that compound is just the object of a preposition in one item in the longer list of the things that must be balanced, explanation..., revealing..., and to promote..... You could now eliminate answers that use between. (We should be careful that in some answers the list isn't somehow rejiggered to be just two items, each perhaps its own compound, but that doesn't turn out to be an issue here.)

So eliminate A, C, and E.

In B, the three parallel items are all gerunds, explaining..., revealing..., and promoting.... That's perfectly fine.

In D, the three parallel items are the simple gerund explaining, the noun the revelation, and the infinitive to promote. No two of those things are parallel, so eliminate D.

B it is.

By the way, if you'd like to see an earlier post of mine on parallelism issues with gerunds and other nouns, check out mohica-civilization-88664.html
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10 Oct 2011, 12:51
+1 for B. Correct parallelism applied.
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25 Oct 2011, 22:18
I picked B...parallelism at its best.
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nightwing79 wrote:
In archaeology, there must be a balance between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote respect for archaeological sites.

A. between explanation of the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when promoting

D. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting

IMO B is the best answer. "Among" needs to be used because of more than 2 things compared. B maintains the parallel structure with -ing verbs.
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31 Mar 2012, 05:57
B it should be.....

Between X and Y
Among for more than 2 things
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03 Apr 2012, 14:32
Tricky question. Got it right.
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06 Apr 2012, 02:24
B it is.

As is said above, the warning words are between and among. The word between does suit as there are clearly more than 2 items in the list. Therefore, look among answer choices containing word "among". Second, to maintain parallelism we need to make sure that the list is comprised of grammatically equivalent word. Only answer B satisfies both these two criteria.
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01 May 2012, 22:42
After we figure out whether to use 'between' or 'among', then the rest is simple parallelism. Good question.
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21 May 2012, 12:18

First, it uses "among" which should be used when comparing more than 3 things
Second, all the things which are compared should be in parallel

Only B does that, hence B
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21 May 2012, 15:16
dexerash wrote:

First, it uses "among" which should be used when comparing more than 3 things
Second, all the things which are compared should be in parallel

Only B does that, hence B

Slight correction, when comparing 3 or more things not more than 3.
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