I was hoping you could answer a troubling question for me. I was recently looking the following SAT question:
In addition to Hindus and Buddhists, the religion of Jainism developed within the ancient civilization of India.
a In addition to Hindus and Buddhists,
b As with Hinduism and Buddhism,
c Hinduism, Buddhism, and also
d Along with Hinduism and Buddhism,
e Hindus and Buddhists, in addition to
The task is:If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.
In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence—clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity.
It seemed clear to me that the answer was D, as the only other plausible answer, B, seemed awkwardly worded or phrased. What is your explanation for the incorrectness of B? Is there any violation of grammar rules or simply the awkward phrasing of "As with" in that situation?