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Research has shown that the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame did not always involve human sacrifice; it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.


(A) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.

(B) it was often used for entertainment, exercise, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.

(C) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and conflict resolution between factions at war.

(D) they had often used it for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts between factions who were at war.

(E) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts between warring factions.

Originally posted by conmisdosmanos on 16 Jul 2010, 17:02.
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I felt that the gerund form of the verbs in option E need an object. Hence eliminated E in favour of B.. Is my line of reasoning right?


Gerund can be used without an object, e.g. I like swimming.

The actual reason that E is wrong is the wrong idiomatic usage of use for + verb-ing (gerund). The correct usage is use + to verb ( infinitive).

Wrong: used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving.
Correct: used to entertain, exercise, worship and resolve.

Nonetheless use for + concrete noun is also alright as stated in option B.
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Research has shown that the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame did not always involve human sacrifice; it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.
(A) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.
(B) it was often used for entertainment, exercise, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.
(C) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and conflict resolution between factions at war.
(D) they had often used it for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts between factions who were at war.
(E) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts between warring factions.



Answer: B

Strike One: Parallelism - it should be either 'entertainment, exercise, worship and conflict resolution' or 'entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts' ---> eliminate A and C

Strike two: subject-verb agreement - ballgame (singular) and needs to be referred to using 'it' and not 'they'. ---> eliminate D.


Strike three:
We are left with B and E.

Option E: if you were to break it up, it seems to be saying:
- it was often used for entertaining conflicts between warring factions.
- it was often used for exercising conflicts between warring factions.
- it was often used for worshipping conflicts between warring factions.
- it was often used for resolving conflicts between warring factions.
WRONG!!

So, that leaves us with B as the answer.
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Can someone please explain why E is incorrect?
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human sacrifice is noun. It should be parallel to other activities.

Gerund (ing form of verb) is not a complete noun as "human sacrifice". Hence E is OUT.

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Can someone please explain why E is incorrect?
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How is E incorrect option? Cab someone please help me understand

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seekmba wrote:
Can someone please explain why E is incorrect?


If taken individually,
- it was often used for entertaining conflicts between warring factions - awkward
- it was often used for exercising conflicts between warring factions - Wrong
- it was often used for worshiping conflicts between warring factions - awkward
- it was often used for resolving conflicts between warring factions - OK

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A and C have parallelism problems, so they are out. D has an SV agreement problem, ‘ballgame’ is being referred to in the plural. Comma placement in E is poor. It implies that the ballgame was only used in the context of conflicts between tribes and that entertaining, exercising, worshipping, and resolving are all things done to the conflicts. B is the right answer.


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Research has shown that the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame did not always involve human sacrifice; it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.


(A) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.

(B) it was often used for entertainment, exercise, worship and conflict resolution between warring factions.

(C) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and conflict resolution between factions at war.

(D) they had often used it for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts between factions who were at war.

(E) it was often used for entertaining, exercising, worshipping and resolving conflicts between warring factions.
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