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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 proposalâ€™s merits, to tax
(E) the proposalâ€™s merits are, taxing
possible pronoun reference ambiguity in A [#permalink]
12 Mar 2006, 00:50
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....