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Dr. Sayre’s lecture recounted several little-know episodes in the relations between nations that illustrates what is wrong with alliances and treaties that do not have popular support.

(A) relations between nations that illustrates

(B) relation of one nation with another that illustrates

(C) relations between nations that illustrate

(D) relation of one nation with another and illustrate

(E) relations of nations that illustrates

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hibloom wrote:
Dr. Sayre’s lecture recounted several little-know episodes in the relations between nations that illustrates what is wrong with alliances and treaties that do not have popular support.

(A) relations between nations that illustrates

(B) relation of one nation with another that illustrates what is wrong with alliances and treaties that do not have popular support. >>> not parallel

(C) relations between nations that illustrate what is wrong with alliances and treaties that do not have popular support.>>> parallel

(D) relation of one nation with another and illustrate

(E) relations of nations that illustrates

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The plural "episodes" should take plural verb "illustrate". Hence we are left with C and D.

In C usage of "between" is idiomatically wrong. Hence IMO its D.

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grepro wrote:
The plural "episodes" should take plural verb "illustrate". Hence we are left with C and D.

In C usage of "between" is idiomatically wrong. Hence IMO its D.


I agree with the logic that it's between C and D.

But I think that D is also unidiomatic. Shouldn't it be relation of one to another, instead of with?

Based on that, I would say C is the better of two imperfect choices and go with C.

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OA is C

I posted this question to show that between can be used in such a way and that between does not neccessarily signal two objects

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Can someone elaborate more on this please.

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(C) should be the correct one

In (A), "illustrates" is incorrect - subject -verb disagreement
In (B), unidiomatic
In (D), illustrate here refers to lecture and therefore is wrong - should be illustrates
In (D), unidiomatic

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"that illustrate(s)" modifies "episodes" in terms of meaning. [Subject & Verb Agreement]


Dr. Sayre’s lecture recounted several little-know episodes in the relations between nations that illustrates what is wrong with alliances and treaties that do not have popular support.

(A) relations between nations that illustrates ------------------[episodes ( ) illustrates : wrong]
(B) relation of one nation with another that illustrates ---------[episodes ( ) illustrates : wrong]
(C) relations between nations that illustrate
(D) relation of one nation with another and illustrate
(E) relations of nations that illustrates ------------------------[episodes ( ) illustrates : wrong]


We can narrow down (C) and (D),
If the answer is (D), "and illustrate" should be the verb of "Dr. Sayre's lecture"
In this case, it's the matter of verb tense; recounted - illustrate(d), since it's the past tense.
So, (D) is wrong.

The rest one is (C)

If I'm wrong, just correct my reasoning~

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My answer was C. What's wrong with using between?

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redbeanaddict wrote:
My answer was C. What's wrong with using between?

Some ones are confused "between" here, but it is correct to use it because "between" is used with 2 things : nations and treaties. You must understand nations symbolizes one thing and treaties symbolizes one.

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