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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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Re: sc:proposal [#permalink] New post 14 May 2004, 09:36
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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


the proposal but not proposal's.

B is the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 May 2004, 10:16
This SC is a old one. A is the best

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 [#permalink] New post 14 May 2004, 10:16
Hmmm... these always get me. Doesn't "its" need an antecedant?

If so, I think I'd go with D.

Edit:
Oops, I guess anandnk posted the answer... But I guess I'm still confused as to if "its" needs to refer to something earlier in teh sentence?
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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


A is best.

This is one of those SC's that requires careful reading. Let me try to explain this.

Notice the word "if enacted" [in bold above] ...obviously there should be a "proposal" in the same clause [before "if enacted"]. I would directly rule out C,D and E for that simple fact. see it yet?

That leaves us with A and B. Now we come to usage issues. Since the action [ the proposal] is yet to take place, use of an "-ing" form is incorrect. An infinitive is more appropriate.

Thus, A is best.

For more about the "-ing" form, read more about tenses and come back with questions. I will see if i can write a lesson on this.

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 [#permalink] New post 15 May 2004, 04:25
I believe proposal of is the wrong usage.
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