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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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(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse
> 'to begin to halt...' appears wordy.

(B) one of the most sure, easy, and least expensive ways to begin a halt or even reverse
> not parallel

(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing
> use of 'would' since 'believe'.

(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of
> wrong usage of 'a'.

(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing
> not parallel among the terms.
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972). OA - A - some of the surest, easiest least expensive ways to begin to halt

B, E - incorrect - modifier error - "most" modifying sure, easiest, least

C - incorrect - unidiomatic - ways that - must be ways to

D - incorrect - We need definite article the instead of a
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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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17 Nov 2009, 09:07
Is the answer "A"? I am confused on this one.
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12 Jan 2010, 12:34
IMO A.
Structurally parallel.
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12 Jan 2010, 12:40
IMO C

planting // to halting, reversing
also
maintains correct form of sure, easy and expensive

what's OA ?
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12 Jan 2010, 18:31
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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

A IMO.

Parallel: surest, easiest, and least expensive.
Parallel: begin to X or even to Y
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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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15 Feb 2010, 22:43
A since it is \\llel and uses the correct infinitive form of the verb.....
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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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09 Apr 2010, 04:20
I chose A over C for no particular intelligent thought.
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19 Apr 2010, 09:48
Can any one explain "ways" used in A intead of Way?
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02 May 2010, 18:27
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Can any one explain "ways" used in A intead of Way?

There must be several "ways" of halting and even reversing the buildup of carbon dioxide. Among them, planting trees is just "one of the... ways".
If you say "way", then "one of the" doesn't make any sense.
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18 Aug 2010, 20:43
Thanks jeeteshsingh,

Having believe as the main verb makes A the clear choice over C.
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19 Aug 2010, 04:19
(A) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even to reverse

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

I believe A and C are the contenders. The construction "to begin to halt" is not very pleasing however, option C seems to be implying that "planting trees is one of the ways that would begin halting or even reversing..." which is not the intended meaning.

I believe had "one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways to begin halting or reversing...." been an option, I would pick it...

Hence A
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19 Aug 2010, 05:31
IMO A,

Apart from the reasoning provided, Options D and E changes the meaning. Least Expensive is different from Inexpensive. This change of "Extent" is not admissable, if Grammer is not compromised in other options. Correct me, if I am mistaken at this concept. Thanks
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25 Aug 2010, 19:11
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Comparison/ Parallelism/ Idioms - way to do something
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25 Oct 2010, 04:41
I have a doubt..how can we have "one" of the surest,easiest and least expensive ways. There will be only 1 Surest , 1 Easiest and 1 least expensive,as this is superlative for,and we cannot have one of the surest,easiest... "A" would mean we have many surest,easiest... ways.. and ONE OF THEM is best according to environmentalist.
Pls explain.
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25 Oct 2010, 05:45
A parallelism and Idiomatic usage of 'Begin'
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