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# Many environmentalists believe that the widespread planting

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07 Mar 2012, 17:44
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, 06:32
The correct answer is A as it correctly maintains the parallelism.
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23 Mar 2012, 20:09
can any body help me explain why c is wrong

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14 Aug 2012, 11:46
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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14 Aug 2012, 12:22
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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

Besides many reasons mentioned above to eliminate optins C D and E, one more reason is that..
One must not use a progressive tense for a future action unless it is absolutely necessary. Hence C D and E can be ruled out.

Between A and B its straight A for paralellism.

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27 Aug 2012, 09:17
doesnt the word would have significant effect ..

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27 Aug 2012, 13:04
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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 :

........Planting of trees would be one of the ways to begin........ to halt X.......OR........to reverse X ( Perfect Parallelism ),

furthermore usage of would/ future course of action ----- best is to pair it up with an Infinitive, as correctly done in A

(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse : superlative Least incorrectly paired with sure / easy --- Eliminated

(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing

usage of would demands the infinitive form , lets rewrite this

........ Planting of trees would be one of the ways THAT begin halting or reversing X ( does it make sense? / Can this outweigh option A ) ---- Eliminated

(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of : ( a most sure way --------raises eyebrows ) ---- Eliminated

(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing : incorrect usage of most sure ( superlative easiest is incorrectly paired up with most sure / inexpensive ) ---- Eliminated

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21 Feb 2013, 12:34
seekmba wrote:
(A)

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

Planting of (Complex gerund) parallel with conservation of (action noun), hence structurally it should be parallel with Halting of and reversing of. So why not C?

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28 Mar 2013, 23:16
In my opinion it should be A, cause the superlative degree seems to be maintained throughout the entire sentence in this case.

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31 Aug 2013, 11:44
brothers 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
(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

idiomatic error : ways to
parallel structure

these all will eliminate b,c,d,e

a left out : and is the answer:

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21 Oct 2014, 08:47
First discerning factor i feel is :
to begin - it represents purpose to do something. Other don't imply of the purpose.
So competition is between A & B.
B incorrect;y represents parallel structure. most sure...least expensive. Also to halt a...is also wrong construction.
Hence A.

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brothers 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
(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

E is wrong - changes the meaning
D - wrong
C - begin halting ... wrong - unnecessary use of ing form. Begin to do is correct
B - most sure , easy - wonrg.

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13 Sep 2015, 23:00
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My understanding is, whenever we have "X, Y and Z that" then that/which cannot refer to X, Y and Z altogether so refrain from using such construction.

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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

Which is correct? One of the most sure or One of the most surest? Is superlative required after one of the most?

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06 Nov 2015, 21:25
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I presume your question is more academic than with reference to the question at hand as 'the most surest' is not one of the choices available in this question. 'The most surest' is never correct because of using a double superlative. Even 'the most sure' is not right; 'a most sure' is bad for missing the definite article ‘the’ that has to precede a superlative. 'The surest' is correct.
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06 Nov 2015, 21:47
This question may involve fixing idiom, diction, parallelism and meaning clarity errors. But all of them may not be required to be addressed on the D-day. Let me give a quick fix to it.
1. ‘One of the surest’ is the right diction; therefore eliminate B, D and E;
2. Between A and C, you will see that the use of the infinitives ‘to halt’ and ‘to reverse’ is more appropriate idiom to express a purpose rather than the use of gerunds ‘halting’ and ‘reversing’. So A is the correct choice.
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Sure is one of the -er/-est forms. so b,d,E eleminated.

(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse - correct

(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing - meaning changed due to begin halting.
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