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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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01 Jul 2003, 02:41
A???

proper subject placement "the proposal to tax"
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01 Jul 2003, 03:14
A is OK, explain what is wrong with B, which I chose.
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01 Jul 2003, 23:00
stolyar wrote:
A is OK, explain what is wrong with B, which I chose.

You wouldn't say "the proposal of" unless you meant that the proposal belonged to someone ("the proposal of Stolyar" for example).

Also, "whatever its merits may be" is unnecessarily wordy. "whatever its merits" is ok, the "may be" is understood.
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13 Dec 2003, 13:51
I picked E, may be I am just bad in SC. But doesn't a pronoun need to identify the noun before it? Or is this a special case?
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13 Dec 2003, 14:42
...would, if enacted, have a disastrous effect ...

"would" here must refer to the proposal, not taxing, becuase "taxing" is not enacted.

"Tax hikes" can be enacted, "proposals" can be enacted, but "taxing" cannot really be enacted.

By this principle alone, we know that A and B are our choices...
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29 Jun 2011, 16:33
+1 A

There cannot be two clauses because we don't have semi colons or "..., AND". B and E out.
C changes the meaning.
Usually, an infinitive is not fine as subject. It's a matter of style, although grammatically could be right.
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29 Jun 2011, 18:06
Definitely A for me. The use of the infinitive -- "The proposal TO Tax" is the better usage.
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01 Jun 2016, 22:31
stolyar wrote:
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

Since there is doubt only between A & B :

B has redundancy :

Whatever ..... may be

Hence B out in first glance
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