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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
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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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b) is the most difficult to analyze is the idiom

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This was relatively straightforward, B it is
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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 - 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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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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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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seems to me that changing maybe to probably skews the meaning

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B b/c of "is probably," and also since it says "all" it should be "most" as opposed to "more."

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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 to analysis.

a)is maybe the more difficult to 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

Eliminated all the options but b and c. stuck b/w probably or maybe..plz help : source JAMBOREE
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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 to analysis.

a)same as underlined
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

eliminated all the options but b and c.
stuck b/w probably or maybe..
plz help


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A, D wrong due to more. Since comparison is with all other cases, it has to be most
C,E wrong as maybe is unidiomatic
E is awkward too

Ans B

*Checked with many other resources, the correct ans is B not C
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hii shilpi..thanx for ur reply but i still cudn't understand the diffrence b/w probably or maybe
i am referring manhattan sc and in the book i came across spme sentences
1)This situation MAYBE as bad as it can get( correct as mentioned by manhattan)
2)This situation IS PROBABLY as bad as it can get .( correct as mentioned by manhattan)
3)PERHAPS (or MAYBE)this situation IS as bad as it can get. ( also correct)
4)This situation IS MAYBE as bad as it can get.(WRONG)

now what i conclude is that " may be" shudn't be followed by preceded by "is".
plz correct me if i am wrong
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Well u can think of it in this way -

May be/ Perhaps - are used when the author isn't sure. So there is a 50-50% chance for something to happen or not happen

Probably/ Likely - are used when the author is leaning towards the action or event happening. something like a 80% chance of happening.

Here the author is trying to express that the probability it high and not that he is unsure and hence probably.

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how can u say that the author is trying to express that the probability is high and not that he is unsure and hence probably.
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Siddharth,

You are correct in saying that is maybe is unidiomatic.

Now for your question-
Just read the statement once more and see what the author is trying to say.

Using May be does not leave him with much of a point to make. In the statement the author is not showing any doubt. He is trying to state a point, conveying that as compared to all the prev disasters this is likely to be the most difficult.

Hence probably makes more sense IMO

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yup...
thnx shilpi...
well if possible, then i need another help from u..
the name of the post is " which vs that", in "ask stacy blackman"..sorry for putting in the wrong section..but plz do try to give a soln
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Dint think ask stacy blackman was the right forum to reply. So PM'ed you with the which/that problem
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"the' in "is maybe the more difficult for analysis" indicates that we need a superlative there. So "A" & "D" are out.

may be is not the term to say some thing with some degree of certainty. So "C" and "E" are out.

So the right answer is "B"

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Comaprision of more than two. Superlative most should be used.

Also, maybe is used when sth is not sure. Here it is being said with some certainity based on experience. Probably (aka likely) is the right word.

Option B is right answer.

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