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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



When does one use to tax and when does one use for taxing.


Is general how does one decide whether to use a verb in its infinitive form or as a gerund?
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Re: SC dilema [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2004, 08:28
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Is general how does one decide whether to use a verb in its infinitive form or as a gerund?

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"It was said in the preliminary section on the Participle and Gerund that writing—the verbal noun or gerund—and to write—the infinitive—are in some sense synonyms; but phrases were given showing that it is by no means always indifferent which of the two is used. It is a matter of idiom rather than of grammar"
but in general:

Infinitive to denote potential, gerund to denote actuality or fact
Infinitive for future ideas and plans; gerund for acts done or ended
Infinitive for single or repeated action, gerund for ongoing action
Infinitive for request, instruction, or causation; gerund for attitude and unplanned action
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2004, 11:05
I gues anz is A

B) redundant in ''may be''

C) the ''its '' shows that there is 'something' else that is 'like' = PROPOSAL...and hence changes the meaning...

D) changes the meaning by using the proposal's merits...

E) SAME AS d...

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2004, 11:39
A rather simple explanation for this could be...
Just read the question carefully.. what is which can be enacted? I think only proposal can be enacted... not 'taxing ' or 'to tax ' can be enacted.
That leaves only A and B.
Obviously B is not correct.. correct idiom in this context both to ears and otherwise is "proposal to tax"
That leaves A. bingo!
Many of the questions sometimes just check common sense.. it's not really important to think about obscure grammar rules
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