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# The study, prepared for the county's economic development

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The study, prepared for the county's economic development council, represents the most thorough attempt to gauge the impact of increased food and beverage taxes in the southeastern region since they were raised six years ago.

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the most thorough attempt to gauge the impact
the thorough attempt to gauge the impact
a most thorough attempt to gauge the impact
a thorough attempt to gauge the impact
a most thorough gauge of the impact

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What is the difference between 'the' and 'a'?

Gmat club gave the explaination as : demonstrative article the, further emphasizing the study’s unique character. What does that mean can some one explain?
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26 Sep 2009, 05:37
'the' is the definite article.
'a' and 'an' are indefinite articles.

With the superlative form of adverb, we use the definite article and not the indefinite article.

Also note: Usage of definite article is sometimes optional in such cases, but we can't use the indefinite article.
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26 Sep 2009, 05:53
That is correct. But why is "the most thorough" (A) preferred over "a thorough" D also looks fine for me !!
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26 Sep 2009, 05:58
Economist wrote:
That is correct. But why is "the most thorough" (A) preferred over "a thorough" D also looks fine for me !!

change of intent. (superlative)

Most thorough attempt ==> Best (thoroughness) among the thorough attempts. (there could be more thorough attempts by others studies)
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26 Sep 2009, 07:37
Thank you Sudeep. Added it to my notes.

Also If possible please add examples when can we use 'A' and 'An'. I beleive that Gmat tests them to.
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26 Sep 2009, 11:04
A. You cant say "a most". You have to say "THE most", so it's A.
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05 Oct 2009, 03:35
Here the statement is not in general, it is specifically telling about that attampt, so it has to use definite article. so A is the best. Thanks, manoj
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11 Jun 2012, 11:16
i pick A here. according to the intended meaning the superlative degree is required. A is the best option among all other options. B and D are just awkward. the intended meaning is distorted in D. the construction of E is not correct
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