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23 Dec 2010, 09:37
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Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing

IMO answer is A. Parallelism as well as Subjunctive Mood,requires that + Noun + 'To Form' of the verb..
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23 Jan 2011, 11:59
Only A does not have problems, though wordy.
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02 Mar 2011, 23:22
For OA, "to begin to halt or even to reverse" is not parallel.
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23 Mar 2011, 11:00
Only 'and' takes plural verbs .. additive words like 'along with' and 'as well as' take singular vers right?

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Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
Correct - Sounds weird to the ear but is the best choice with surest, easiest and least expensive in parallel... along with halt & reverse in same sync with believe.

(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
most sure... is not in parallel with easy... - Incorrect...

(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
halting and reversing are not parallel with believe which is the main verb... (planting is used as a gerund and existing as an adjective.. Dont consider them as parallel to halting and reversing) - Incorrect

(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
way is wrong... it should be ways as we have 2 of them in collection ( widespread planting 'along' with conservation of existing) - Incorrect

(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing
way is wrong... it should be ways as we have 2 of them in collection ( widespread planting 'along' with conservation of existing) - Incorrect
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23 Mar 2011, 12:11
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Option A --- maintains parallelism
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03 May 2011, 00:40
ways should be followed by to.
Hence between A and C, A rules.
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12 May 2011, 23:07
i chose A but did not realize the issue as parallel structure. i rejected B,D and E because of the usage of 'most sure' and between A and C , i rejected C because i thought it altered the meaning.

anyway, need to revise and do a lot of questions on parallel structure.
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16 Jul 2011, 06:38
krishnakilambi wrote:
Only 'and' takes plural verbs .. additive words like 'along with' and 'as well as' take singular vers right?

jeeteshsingh wrote:
Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
Correct - Sounds weird to the ear but is the best choice with surest, easiest and least expensive in parallel... along with halt & reverse in same sync with believe.

(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
most sure... is not in parallel with easy... - Incorrect...

(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
halting and reversing are not parallel with believe which is the main verb... (planting is used as a gerund and existing as an adjective.. Dont consider them as parallel to halting and reversing) - Incorrect

(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
way is wrong... it should be ways as we have 2 of them in collection ( widespread planting 'along' with conservation of existing) - Incorrect

(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing
way is wrong... it should be ways as we have 2 of them in collection ( widespread planting 'along' with conservation of existing) - Incorrect

exactly! this is my point too! in page 39 of MGMAT sentences correction, is mentioned that additive phrase such as "along with" do not change the number of subjects!
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24 Jul 2011, 03:52
the correct use is "the surest" not "the most sure"

we stand with A and C

As for me "ways to begin" is more preferable than "ways that". The second one change the meaning.
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24 Jul 2011, 21:56
jeeteshsingh wrote:
Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
Correct - Sounds weird to the ear but is the best choice with surest, easiest and least expensive in parallel... along with halt & reverse in same sync with believe.

(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
most sure... is not in parallel with easy... - Incorrect...

(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
halting and reversing are not parallel with believe which is the main verb... (planting is used as a gerund and existing as an adjective.. Dont consider them as parallel to halting and reversing) - Incorrect

(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
way is wrong... it should be ways as we have 2 of them in collection ( widespread planting 'along' with conservation of existing) - Incorrect

(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing
way is wrong... it should be ways as we have 2 of them in collection ( widespread planting 'along' with conservation of existing) - Incorrect

Hi jeeteshsingh,

When we use " X, along with Y......" then verb is always singular because "along with" is additive.
Additive phrases can not make subject plural.
So in (D) and (E) "way" is being used correctly.

I hope my explanation helped. If indeed, then please give me kudos.
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07 Aug 2011, 09:34
I thought it was B but after going through the explaination I am convinced The answer is A
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14 Aug 2011, 00:49
It should be A since "to halt and to reverse" this follows parallelism,Plz correct me if i am wrong
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01 Sep 2011, 08:31
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Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing

Parallelism: 'surest', 'easiest', 'least' ---> strikes out B, D, and E
Idiom: 'ways to' not 'ways that' ---> strikes out C
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05 Jan 2012, 05:03
Close between A and C.

I chose A. just thought C sounding odd
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06 Mar 2012, 16:20
Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
Correct - Sounds weird to the ear but is the best choice with surest, easiest and least expensive in parallel... along with halt & reverse in same sync with believe.

A is the correct choice. If we consider "Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees..would be one of the surest, easiest, least expensive ways to begin (requires infinitive)..."

In C there is parallelism but is not correct without the infinitive.

Correct me if my explanation is wrong!
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07 Mar 2012, 04:58
well explained by everyone...

I was confused between options A and C.
But still not clear about why 'ways that' in option C is wrong as against 'ways of' in option A.

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07 Mar 2012, 16:41
IMO A

My observations-
1. One of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways----> all 3 are parallel since all 3 are using superlative degree to explain a thing
2. One of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways -------> here easy misses out on degree as it is not carried forward from "most sure".
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IMO option - A

My observations-
1. one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways----> all 3 are parallel since all 3 are using superlative degree to explain a thing
2. one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways -------> here easy misses out on degree as it is not carried forward from "most sure"
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08 Mar 2012, 05:32
The correct answer is A as it correctly maintains the parallelism.
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14 Aug 2012, 10:46
Should be A.

Parallelism with "to".

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Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting of trees, along with the conservation of existing forests, would be one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing
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