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# SC:The Internal Revenue Service

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SC question. Princeton. Warm-up test.

The Internal Revenue Service has directed that taxpayers who generate no self-employment income can no longer deduct home offices, home office expenses, or nothing that was already depreciated as a business expense the previous year.

A) or nothing that was already
C) or anything that was already
D) and anything
E) and nothing that already was

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19 Jan 2007, 08:07
To me C seems to be a better choice.

IRS has directed that taxpayers who generate no self employment income can no longer deduct X, Y, or anything that was already depreciated the previous year.
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19 Jan 2007, 17:35
Dear all,

asaf, why do you think C is correct? What was your line of thought?

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19 Jan 2007, 18:51
eokhonko wrote:
The Internal Revenue Service has directed that taxpayers who generate no self-employment income can no longer deduct home offices, home office expenses, or nothing that was already depreciated as a business expense the previous year.

A) or nothing that was already
C) or anything that was already
D) and anything
E) and nothing that already was

LetÂ´s see. "can no longer..." requires a pronoun not in the negative form (anything, anybody, etc). Options A and E are out.

Now, B would introduce a noun clause when the two previous // items are nouns, while D distorts the original meaning of the sentence.

C is the best choice.
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31 Jan 2007, 00:30
C

need to use "anything", as opposed to "nothing", (double negative)

i feel or should be used, as the sentence means that any one of the deductions should not be allowed, not just all of them combined
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31 Jan 2007, 12:52
Yes it should be C, anything instead of nothing

it should be either... can deduct nothing..., or can no longer deduct anything....
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