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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

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C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit

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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit

places that are most likely to benefit from . PLACES is plural. Verb - are should be used. Eliminate B & D.

E doesn't make sense when we are trying to say places that are most likely to benefit global warming. This alters the meaning. Eliminate E.

A & C have only one change. "most" is missing in C.

Not sure what is the best way to eliminate C.

I don'e see any issue with A. I will go with A.
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Concept Tested : SV 3/2 Splits are/is

that refers to places hence are is correct, Eliminate B & C

In E there is no from, which changes the meaning.

In C likely is definite, but actually, we need probability

Hence A
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A. are most likely to benefit from

Rules with "one of "-
1. ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + THAT/WHO+PLURAL VERB.
2. ONE OF THE "NOUN"(WILL ALWAYS BE PLURAL) + SINGULAR VERB
Exception 1-A (COLLECTIVE NOUN) of Noun(plural) that/who-->ALWAYS SINGULAR
Exception 2-i) THE only one of....that/who-->Always singular
ii) Only one of ........that/who-->Always plural

As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

one of the places(Plural) + that/who + plural verb(are)

In option C, most is missing.
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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit


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This question presents with a few concrete decision points:

1) are vs is
2) benefit vs benefit from
3) likely vs most likely

The most obvious place to start is the difference between "is" and "are". The whole clause after "that" modifies the noun "places", which stands in plural form.
So we go with "are". Good bye options B and C.

The option E is also quite easy to detect as a wrong one. Definitely, there are contries who are going to benefit from the global warming, not vice versa. E is out.

Now we left with the two options -A vs C- with a subtle difference likely vs most likely. This is the case when logic is your best friend.
If we go with an option "most likely", that means that we suppose that some contries will benefit from the global warming more than the other contries will.
What helps us to understand that it is not the initial meaning of the sentence is the modifier, "As surprising as it may seem", in the beginning of the sentence. We are not surprised that the Iceland will benefit from the global warming MORE than other contries, since we have no clue which country is going to benefit from the global warming at whole. But rather we could be surprised that Iceland will benefit instead of suffer from the global warming, since Iceland is an island, surrrounded by the ocean, and even small rise of the sea level can bring a damage to this country. So, to implement this meaning, "likely" works just fine, and we can safely eliminate option A.

Answer C.
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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit


This question is a gem in that it clearly lays emphasis on logic than on Grammar.
There is a clear split in the answer options: A,C & E start with 'are' and 'B' and 'D' start with 'is', as it should be abundantly clear that 'that' refers to plural 'places' and hence requires 'are' instead of an 'is'. This knocks off options 'B' and 'D'.
Now we are left with A, C and E, 'E' is clearly out as it conveys nonsensical meaning. As per 'E' 'Global warming' will benefit from many places and of those many places 'Iceland' will most likely benefit global warming. 'E' goes out.
Now the game begins, the real challenge is picking the right answer between A and C. Lets look at A first,
the contrast that the author intends to present here is that global warming as is known to the world is associated with devastation but to the author's surprise there are a few countries in the world, Iceland being one of those' that will benefit from global warming. So the contrast here is not the fact that Iceland will most likely benefit from global warming but the fact that global warming which is usually thought of as nuisance for the entire world will benefit some places.
This subtle meaning change knocks 'A' off, making 'C' the correct answer
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OA : A

As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from : Contender
that refers to places and places are plural so usage of "are" is correct


B. is most likely to benefit from : Eliminate
usage of "is" is wrong .


C. are likely to benefit from : Contender
Same as option A, difference is absence of "most" which will be discussed later.


D. is likely to benefit from : Eliminate
Same as option B i.e usage of "is"

E. are most likely to benefit : Eliminate
It is changing the meaning of sentence. it is implying that that Iceland is one of places that will most likely to aid/help global
warming.

Now between A and C,
As Sentence begins with As surprising as it may seem, it means that Global warming majorly will have negative effect.
In remaining cases , Global warming can lead to
[1] No effect (+ve of global warming=-ve of Global warming)
[2] Positive effect (+ve of global warming>-ve of Global warming)
As we do not know for sure what will happens in future, We can predict the most likely event( or high probability event).
Meaning of original sentence is that Iceland is most likely(high probability) to be in [2] category,so most is required in the correct answer.
for that reason OA : A
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by considering meaning, Iceland is going to be one of the places that will benefit the most from global warming. Okay.
I dont see any issue with given underline.

One of many places + that + plural - fine as given
'Benefit from' phrase is used well


A. are most likely to benefit from : By above-mentioned reasons, let's keep A.

B. is most likely to benefit from : 'Is'(?) No. it could have been right if we would have one of many places is Iceland
but because 'that' is modifying places, we need to use a plural.

C. are likely to benefit from : Only the difference of 'Most'. Correct SV. Let's keep C.

D. is likely to benefit from : Same reasoning as C plus SV error. Out.

E. are most likely to benefit : Most like to benefit global warming (?) no. It's not intended meaning.

A Vs C

IMO C is the answer, as there is no need for 'most' to convey the intended meaning, 'Most' is redundant here
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main subject is Iceland, and we're referring to it...Iceland is singular therefore it will most likely benefit from global warming.

A. are-plural but we're referring to a singular noun-Iceland. if I try to understand it in a simpler sense, chicken meat is one of the foods that is mostly likely to aid in weight loss. chicken meat is one of the foods that are most likely to aid in weight loss is wrong because we're still referring to chicken meat which is singular. therefore eliminated.

C. are likely to benefit from - same issue as in A, eliminated.

D. is likely to benefit from - changes meaning, because we're comparing how much Iceland will benefit compared to other other places. eliminated

E.are most likely to benefit -same issue as in A, eliminated.

answer is B, it singular noun, singular verb.
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+1 for A.

According to below rule option A, C and E stand.Among A , C and E only A is correct as per the intended meaning.

Just as a note for one of the sentences follow the below rule:

1. One of the Xs that/who <plural>
2. One of the Xs <singular>
3. only One of the Xs <singular>
4. only One of the Xs that/who <plural>
5. "the" only One of the Xs that/who <singular>
note: Xs===>this is always plural.

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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit

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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit


Option A.
"Places" requires "are" not "is". This leaves us with A, C, and E.
E is wrong since a country can't benefit Global Warming. Its nonsensical.
As we are comparing the places that will be benefited, we have to use "most". This leaves us to option A, which is also the OA.
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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.


A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit



Analysis :
1. S-V agrees in number : places (that).......are
2.The point to be noted here is that the author is presenting a future probabilistic event which is incontrary to the popular belief and surprising. This construction demands for a emphasis word such as 'Most' and the probabilistic one 'likely'.

Option A: Correct : As mentioned in the Analysis.

Option B: Incorrect : The singular verb....is ....does not match with the plural subject ( that ----- places)

Option C: Incorrect : The emphasis part is missing here as we are omitting 'most'

Option D: Incorrect : similar issue as in B.

Option E: Incorrect : This option completely distorts the meaning by saying : places will be benefiting global warming..... quite illogical
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main subject is Iceland, and we're referring to it...Iceland is singular therefore it will most likely benefit from global warming.

A. are-plural but we're referring to a singular noun-Iceland. if I try to understand it in a simpler sense, chicken meat is one of the foods that is mostly likely to aid in weight loss. chicken meat is one of the foods that are most likely to aid in weight loss is wrong because we're still referring to chicken meat which is singular. therefore eliminated.

C. are likely to benefit from - same issue as in A, eliminated.

D. is likely to benefit from - changes meaning, because we're comparing how much Iceland will benefit compared to other other places. eliminated

E.are most likely to benefit -same issue as in A, eliminated.

answer is B, it singular noun, singular verb.


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As surprising as it may seem, in the medium-long term Iceland is one of the places that are most likely to benefit from global warming.

A. are most likely to benefit from

B. is most likely to benefit from

C. are likely to benefit from

D. is likely to benefit from

E. are most likely to benefit



that refers to placees, hence are is correct; which leaves us with A,C,E

to benefit global warming means -> global warming is getting benefited which changes the meaning of sentence. Hence E also eliminated.

Among, "are most" and "are" clearly are most looks more elaborative. Hence option A
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I would choose C. I'm not sure about "most"
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