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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.

A. the most thorough attempt to gauge the impact
B. the thorough attempt to gauge the impact
C. a most thorough attempt to gauge the impact
D. a thorough attempt for gauging the impact
E. a most thorough gauge of the impact

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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.

A. the most thorough attempt to gauge the impact
B. the thorough attempt to gauge the impact
C. a most thorough attempt to gauge the impact
D. a thorough attempt for gauging the impact
E. a most thorough gauge of the impact

  1. A. This choice correctly uses both the superlative word most and the demonstrative article the, further emphasizing the study’s unique character.
  2. B. This choice lacks the word most, and the article the is vague and confusing.
  3. C. This option includes the superlative most, but the word a does not indicate the study's unique character.
  4. D. The phrase "attempt for gauging" is not idiomatic -" attempt to gauge" is correct.
  5. E. Gauge is misplaced, making it sound as if the study itself is the measure of the increased taxes.

Answer: A
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Hi,

Is'nt most and thorough kind of repeatition of the same thing? A thorough attept also means that all effort went into it...

Please help.

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I think we dont need need to repeat "most" and "thorough" at the same time.

Thorough itself means complete. You do not say "most complete".

Not convinced with solution. Please help.

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Isn't the use of Most and Thorough redundant here?
Why the use of superlative construction here? (as mentioned in explanation that presence of phrase "Since they were.." calls for superlative construction)
someone please clarify.
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Can you please explain the doubt expresses by all above.
Even I feel thorough is sufficient and adding most is redundant.
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Can you please explain the doubt expresses by all above.
Even I feel thorough is sufficient and adding most is redundant.


No, "most" and "thorough" are not redundant. Following is the explanation:

Any adjective has 3 forms: positive, comparative and superlative. Example:

Type 1A (regular - add er / est) : Pretty, prettier, prettiest.
Type 1B (regular - add more / most): beautiful, more beatiful, most beautiful.
Type 2 ( irregular - no definite rule): Good, better, best.

The adjectuve "thorough" is of type 2. The superlatve form is thus "most thorough". It is intended to convey that of all the attempts, "the study, prepared for the county's economic development council" is the MOST thorough (superlative form).
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I am confused btw A & C.

Can anyone please explain the right use of 'the' and 'a' in a sentence.
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Nevernevergiveup wrote:
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Can you please explain the doubt expresses by all above.
Even I feel thorough is sufficient and adding most is redundant.


No, "most" and "thorough" are not redundant. Following is the explanation:

Any adjective has 3 forms: positive, comparative and superlative. Example:

Type 1A (regular - add er / est) : Pretty, prettier, prettiest.
Type 1B (regular - add more / most): beautiful, more beatiful, most beautiful.
Type 2 ( irregular - no definite rule): Good, better, best.

The adjectuve "thorough" is of type 2. The superlatve form is thus "most thorough". It is intended to convey that of all the attempts, "the study, prepared for the county's economic development council" is the MOST thorough (superlative form).


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I think this is a poor-quality question and I agree with explanation. i don't know, it just doesn't seem a GMAT-like question.

I can be wrong, but the underlined part could be seen as redundant.
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thorough definition is "Complete with every detail". What is most thorough? Awkward construction
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I think this is a poor-quality question and I agree with explanation. i don't know, it just doesn't seem a GMAT-like question.

I can be wrong, but the underlined part could be seen as redundant.


I am not clear why you consider that the underlined part could be seen as redundant. For redundancy we would require another part in the sentence that conveys the same meaning - could you clarify which other part of the sentence conveys the meaning of the underlined part?

Moreover if you could clarify why this "just doesn't seem a GMAT-like question", we could address this as well.
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thorough definition is "Complete with every detail". What is most thorough? Awkward construction


Here "thorough" is used to mean extensive/careful and like any other adjective, it is absolutely alright to use the superlative form to indicate that the "study" is the most extensive (i.e. most thorough) attempt in the last six years.

Take this one:
Many people have worked on this subject, but mine is the most thorough one...... there is no issue with this sentence.
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sayantanc2k The OA states that "The sentence requires a comparison of the current study with other possible studies implied by the context." I would disagree here. A test taker may infer that there has been no other studies before the one mentioned in the sentence. So, based on the information given in the sentence we can't assume that there were other studies and, therefore, we can't use the superlative form (the most). I chose option 'D' for this reason. In my opinion, the sentence has to be re-written (e.g. by mentioning that other studies have taken place) to better align with the OA.
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sayantanc2k The OA states that "The sentence requires a comparison of the current study with other possible studies implied by the context." I would disagree here. A test taker may infer that there has been no other studies before the one mentioned in the sentence. So, based on the information given in the sentence we can't assume that there were other studies and, therefore, we can't use the superlative form (the most). I chose option 'D' for this reason. In my opinion, the sentence has to be re-written (e.g. by mentioning that other studies have taken place) to better align with the OA.


Your point is valid - we have modified option D.
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Please clarify the difference between A and C
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New post 25 Sep 2017, 01:57
I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. From the above statement it is not clear whether there are other studies available for us to use to compare with the EDC's study. The use of " the most " requires to have that (we cannot just say he is the tallest. It should be he is the tallest in the group). For this reason i chose B. "The thorough attempt"" doesn't sound correct either, but i still went for option B. Any recommendation on how two choose between 2 options that are not completely correct. Thank you
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