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48. Proposals

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48. According to some analysts, whatever its merits, the proposal to tax away all capital gains on short-term investments would, if enacted, have a disastrous effect on Wall Street trading and employment.
(A) its merits, the proposal to tax
(B) its merits may be, the proposal of taxing
(C) its merits as a proposal, taxing
(D) the proposal’s merits, to tax
(E) the proposal’s merits are, taxing
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New post 27 Feb 2006, 14:01
B

after "whatever", we need a verb, so A,C,D are out. E is wrong because "proposal's merits" is not an appropriate usage. "merits of proposal" would do better.
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New post 27 Feb 2006, 18:36
A. "...taxing" takes B out of the running.
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Without a doubt A :!:
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I would go for A.

Firstly, in the modifying clause "whatever its merits", 'its' is a pronoun and refers to the noun 'proposal' which correctly follows the modifying clause.

Secondly, the clause "if enacted" also refers to the 'proposal'. The only thing in this sentence that can be enacted is the proposal.

Please shed some light guys .. I'm a little unsure here.
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A seems ok to me
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New post 01 Mar 2006, 22:32
Omit the clause "whatever it`s merits" in the original sentence and it still makes grammatical sense.

Absolutely (A)
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Why not D??
OA please....
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OA is A.

Can someone explain why "taxing" is wrong?
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Can't we say that the "its" as no clear referent? It could refer the the analyst or refer to the proposal. Actually, a pronoun is used to replace a noun previously used in the sentence, such as "analysts" (proposal comes next)? Somebody can clarify this to me? Cause this is what took me to choose E.

Also, I don't understand why "proposal's merits" is not an appropriate usage ans it should be "merits of proposal", as it's been said here....

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New post 13 Mar 2006, 03:44
incorrect usage -proposals's merit!!
Possesive pronouns cannot be used in this way
A is correct cos it makes use of the proper subject,which is the proposal and not taxing.
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New post 13 Mar 2006, 04:47
b14kumar wrote:
Why not D??
OA please....


Because it's the proposal that cause the tax, not its merits.
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