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# The softball team tried to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms

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The softball team tried to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms for the upcoming season, but between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost.

(A) between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

(B) between them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost

(C) among them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

(D) among them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost

(E) among them, only about 70 percent of the cost was raised by 20 players
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16 Feb 2019, 00:34
Bunuel wrote:
The softball team tried to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms for the upcoming season, but between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost.

(A) between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

(B) between them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost

(C) among them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

(D) among them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost

(E) among them, only about 70 percent of the cost was raised by 20 players

IMO C

between is used when 2 things are in consideration,here the intent is among 20 players , A and B is out

Among them, the 20 players, active voice

E is incorrect for passive voice
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27 Feb 2019, 03:05
Bunuel wrote:
The softball team tried to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms for the upcoming season, but between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost.

(A) between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

(B) between them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost

(C) among them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

(D) among them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost

(E) among them, only about 70 percent of the cost was raised by 20 players

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

C. among them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost

Use between when discussing two entities, and use among when referring to groups of more than two. Therefore, you can easily eliminate Choices (A) and (B). Choice (D) has a verb tense problem; the present perfect tense have raised suggests that fundraising efforts are ongoing. Choice (E) changes to the passive voice “cost was raised by 20 players” for no apparent reason. Active voice is generally a better construction than passive voice. Choice (C) correctly changes between to among without creating new errors.
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06 May 2019, 07:04
The softball team tried to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms for the upcoming season, but between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost.

(A) between them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost --> should be "among them"

(B) between them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost --> same as A

(C) among them, the 20 players were only able to raise about 70 percent of the cost --> correct

(D) among them, the 20 players were only able to have raised about 70 percent of the cost --> "able to raise" is correct

(E) among them, only about 70 percent of the cost was raised by 20 players --> meaning changed
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06 May 2019, 19:39
Hi, between C & E, isn't E more concise?
Though I understand that C is the official explanation, still have my doubts about option C being wordy.
Is there any other mistake in option E? How does it change the intended meaning?
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