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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


What is the answer ? Why we accept this answer ? Explain it ? Pls.
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 06:49
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 - "its merits may be is correct".
(B) its merits may be, the proposal of taxing - CORRECT. its merits may be correctly modifies the 'proposal'. And the it is the proposal if enacted that could have a disastrous effect
(C) its merits as a proposal, taxing - surely wrong....its merits as a proposal...yuk!!
(D) the proposal’s merits, to tax - 'the proposal's merits' again missing a verb like 'are/may be'
(E) the proposal’s merits are, taxing I think E is a trap here.... Pay attention to the non-underlined portion of this sentence. 'if enacted'....this should mean that the proposal if enacted. But sentence E conveys that 'taxing if enacted' which is wrong. Also you cannot argue that the 'if enacted' can actually modify proposal because proposal is used in possessive voice in E. So if enacted can go with taxing only ....and thats wrong.

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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 07:09
OA is A.
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 07:22
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OA is A.


'proposal to' is idiomatic ... so OA is correct. B comes close but 'proposal of' is not idioamtic.
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 23:41
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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


What is the answer ? Why we accept this answer ? Explain it ? Pls.



I have a doubt on OA--> A. Just rewrite the sentence: "According to some analysts, proposal to tax away all capital gains on short-term investments would, if enacted, have a disastrous effect on Wall Street trading and employment, whatever its merits..[color=#FF0000]"are missing"..[/color]

That's why I think E is correct.
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2009, 00:44
IMO A. proposal to sounds correct
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2009, 19:41
Between A & B, A follows the correct idiomage!
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 17:27
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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

I have a doubt on OA--> A. Just rewrite the sentence: "According to some analysts, proposal to tax away all capital gains on short-term investments would, if enacted, have a disastrous effect on Wall Street trading and employment, whatever its merits..[color=#FF0000]"are missing"..[/color]

That's why I think E is correct.


If E is chosen, then if enacted will not make sense. Question will be what is if enacted? Merits cannot be enacted. It has to be what is being proposed if enacted will have some consequences described in the question.
Now, between A and B, B is ruled out only if you know that "proposal of" is unidiomatic whereas "proposal to" is.
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Re: Tax Proposal [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 18:28
I would go with E as well because 'its' always stands for something that's singular and in this case 'its' stands for capital gains, which is pleural. Thus the answer cannot be A.
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