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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

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/18/science/to-halt-climate-change-scientists-try-trees.html

SCIENTISTS, foresters, environmentalists and Government officials are seriously exploring the feasibility of an ambitious long-term enterprise: planting enough trees around the world to ease the threat of global warming.

The goal is unlikely to be realized dramatically or quickly, if ever, but rather in increments, tree by tree, plot by plot, field by field. Nevertheless, fundamental facts of nature have convinced a number of experts that widespread planting of trees, along with conservation of existing forests, is one of the surest, easiest and least expensive ways to begin to halt or even reverse the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air.

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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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(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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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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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.
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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

leading to A , my take
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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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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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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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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 ---- most and least tells about the extreem , so Redundent use .
(C) one of the surest, easiest, and least expensive ways that would begin halting or even reversing ------- (Idiom) Way to do something is correct , Ways that do something is wrong
(D) a most sure, easy, and inexpensive way beginning the halting and even reversing of------ Begning modifying Way , tells that way begins the halting (wrong sense )
(E) the most sure, easiest, and inexpensive way that would begin halting or even reversing------ double extreems , redundent use


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student26, superlative terms don't always have to refer to one thing. For instance, I might say that basketball players are the tallest athletes. Sure, one person in the world must be the tallest athlete of all (unless there's a tie), but we can also compare the attributes of entire groups. So if I say that basketball players are the tallest, it just means that if I compared their heights with the heights of other groups (probably using mean height), basketball players would be the highest as a group.

Similarly, I might say that meditation is one of the best ways to improve your concentration skills. That doesn't mean there's nothing better I can do, just that there are many more things I can do that are worse! It's also common to say something like "Steve Vai is one of the best guitar players in the world." We might not be able to agree on a standard by which one player could objectively be said to be the best, but we can often agree that most guitar players are much worse than Steve Vai, so this usage makes sense. If we were to enumerate the best guitar players, Steve Vai would be in that group, and most of the rest of us would not!
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