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    even on that toughest of issues vs even on that toughest issues

    "We found the solution even on that toughest of issues," the U.S. trade official told Reuters in a briefing on a tentative deal struck over the weekend in Tokyo on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
    More:US, EU agree on food names in anti-counterfeit pact-UPDATE 2
    What is the meaning of "
    that toughest of issues" here?
    Can I replace the bold phrase by "even on that toughest issues"?


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    Re: even on that toughest of issues vs even on that toughest issues

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    "We found the solution even on that toughest of issues," the U.S. trade official told Reuters in a briefing on a tentative deal struck over the weekend in Tokyo on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
    More:US, EU agree on food names in anti-counterfeit pact-UPDATE 2
    What is the meaning of "
    that toughest of issues" here? The Anti-Counterfeting Trade Agreement was the most difficult item (issue).
    Can I replace the bold phrase by "even on that toughest issues"? No. The Agreement was only one issue. The plural form would be - Even on those toughest issues.

    Gil

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    Re: even on that toughest of issues vs even on that toughest issues

    Thanks!
    Can I rewrite the phrase as follows?
    "even on the agreement that is the toughest of issues"

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    #4

    Re: even on that toughest of issues vs even on that toughest issues

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Can I rewrite the phrase as follows?
    "even on the agreement that is the toughest of issues"
    It's not very natural.

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