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SC:The Internal Revenue Service [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2007, 06:53
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Could you please help me out on this one?

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

Please, elaborate on your answers!

Thanks for your help,

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2007, 07:07
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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Please explain [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2007, 16:35
Dear all,

please, explain your answers!!!

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


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Re: SC:The Internal Revenue Service [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2007, 17:51
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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
B) or that was already
C) or anything that was already
D) and anything
E) and nothing that already was


Let´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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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2007, 23:30
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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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2007, 11:52
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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