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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


i pick B. all options can be out because of parallelism
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MichaelS wrote:
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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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 Wrong - "between" is an idiom only for two nouns whereas "among" is reserved for comparing three nouns; error in parallelism too

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

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when "between" is an idiom only for two nouns whereas "among" is reserved for comparing three nouns; error in parallelism too

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

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting "between" is an idiom only for two nouns whereas "among" is reserved for comparing three nouns; error in parallelism too

IMO B
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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 - Parallelism issue and among should be used for comparison .

B. among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting - Correct choice. Parallel and use among correctly.

C. between explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and when promoting - Parallelism issue and among should be used for comparison .

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

E. between explaining archaeologys value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting - Parallelism issue and among should be used for comparison .
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I am a little confused here

i interpreted the sentence as

In archeology there must be a balance between explaining archeology's value and working, IN revealing the mysteries in the past and (balance between archeology's value and working) IN promoting.....

kindly explain where i went wrong !

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Thanks...I did not know about the usage of AMONG>..

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1. Use among when comparing three or more items.
2. Maintain parallelism.

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It is not east to realize that thr are 3 items.Its a 600-700 level question.:-/

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Hi All!

I picked "between" instead of "among" in this case. I am still not able to find three categories - considered "explaining and working" as one. Please help.
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This SC is based on a specific style issue and parallelism:

1) "Between" vs. "Among": the word "between" applies to 2 ideas; "among" applies to 3 or more. Here, we have a list of 3 items, so the word "among" is correct. Eliminate A, C and E

2) A 3-item List requires parallel items (in the same format). B uses 3 "-ing" verbs; D uses 1 "-ing" verb, 1 noun and 1 infinitive verb. Eliminate D.

Final Answer: B
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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 archaeology's value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting


Three things are compared so, among

Among explaining, revealing, and promoting.

Answer: B
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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 archaeology's value and workings, in the revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and in promoting


Looking at parallelism and idioms in this question. I first looked at the beginning of each of the answer choices and saw that they were split between "between" and "among". The idiom is between x and y and this sentence does not fit that idiom because we are comparing three things. We now need to look at parallelism to make sure that the comparison is correct grammatically.

Eliminate A, C and E because of between which leaves us with B and D to look at parallelism.
B) among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, revealing the mysteries of past and present cultures, and promoting - among is correct, and the verb tense matches to make parallelism correct
D) among explaining the value and workings of archaeology, the revelation of the mysteries of past and present cultures, and to promote among is correct but explaining, the revelation and to promote are not parallel to one another so eliminate this as a potential answer.

Therefore B is the correct answer.
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MichaelS wrote:
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 http://gmatclub.com/forum/mohica-civili ... 88664.html


Hi Michael,

The reason I got confused and chose between over among is that, I thought revealing acted as a modifier preceding the previous clause (explaining the value...)

What and how did I miss out u think?

Thanks for ur help !

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"among" for comparing more than two
Parallelism - explaining, revealing, promoting
Answer B
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