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# Of all the possible disasters that threaten American

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Of all the possible disasters that threaten American agriculture, the possibility of an adverse change in
climate is maybe the more difficult for analysis.
(A) is maybe the more difficult for analysis
(B) is probably the most difficult to analyze
(C) is maybe the most difficult for analysis
(D) is probably the more difficult to analyze
(E) is, it may be, the analysis that is most difficult

I got stuck on C .. but not sure why is is it incorrect?
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- Difficult to analyse - is the proper idiom. -Is may be - is a colloquial and informal expression compared to the more impressive - probable -. So B it is
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20 Oct 2010, 05:38
b) is the most difficult to analyze is the idiom
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20 Oct 2010, 09:43
This was relatively straightforward, B it is
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20 Oct 2010, 13:42
Of all the possible disasters that threaten American agriculture, the possibility of an adverse change in
climate is maybe the more difficult for analysis.
(A) is maybe the more difficult for analysis
(B) is probably the most difficult to analyze - also "most" is the correct uncountable verb which needs to be used and "to analyze is the correct infinitive to be used.
(C) is maybe the most difficult for analysis
(D) is probably the more difficult to analyze
(E) is, it may be, the analysis that is most difficult
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20 Oct 2010, 14:14
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Of all the possible disasters that threaten American agriculture, the possibility of an adverse change in
climate is maybe the more difficult for analysis.
(A) is maybe the more difficult for analysis
(B) is probably the most difficult to analyze
(C) is maybe the most difficult for analysis
(D) is probably the more difficult to analyze
(E) is, it may be, the analysis that is most difficult

It says of all the possible ... so most should come instead of more.
Left with B , C , E .

Difficult to analyze is correct Idiom.
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20 Oct 2010, 17:55
Remember the thumb rule, "may be" is almost always wrong on GMAT. The formal way of saying the same is "probably".
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25 Oct 2010, 08:54
seems to me that changing maybe to probably skews the meaning
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25 Oct 2010, 09:14
B b/c of "is probably," and also since it says "all" it should be "most" as opposed to "more."
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03 Jul 2016, 04:56
Sir daagh

Can you touch base on more & most for these 2 options keeping in mind the probability? Also in general sentences.

(B) is probably the most difficult to analyze
(D) is probably the more difficult to analyze
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The word ‘all’ refers to more than two and several in general; if there are only two factors involved then we must call them as ‘both’ rather than 'all'.
Point 2 is that, ‘more’ is used only when two factors are involved. ‘The most' is used when more than two are involved. I do not think the adverb ‘probably’ plays a role in choosing between ‘the more’ and ‘the most’.
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09 Nov 2016, 12:41
In GMAT Maybe should be avoided. If that's the case then we have two options.
D. is probably the more difficult to analyze -- here the before more is not correct as more is used to compare between two and so the can't be there.
Which leaves us with option B -- Now B is having probably which is good and the most which talks about certain particular thing (an adverse change).

If I am wrong please correct me.

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