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# 48. Proposals

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27 Feb 2006, 12:29
48. 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 proposalâ€™s merits, to tax
(E) the proposalâ€™s merits are, taxing

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27 Feb 2006, 14:01
B

after "whatever", we need a verb, so A,C,D are out. E is wrong because "proposal's merits" is not an appropriate usage. "merits of proposal" would do better.

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27 Feb 2006, 18:36
A. "...taxing" takes B out of the running.

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27 Feb 2006, 20:19
Without a doubt A

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28 Feb 2006, 01:55
I would go for A.

Firstly, in the modifying clause "whatever its merits", 'its' is a pronoun and refers to the noun 'proposal' which correctly follows the modifying clause.

Secondly, the clause "if enacted" also refers to the 'proposal'. The only thing in this sentence that can be enacted is the proposal.

Please shed some light guys .. I'm a little unsure here.
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01 Mar 2006, 22:29
A seems ok to me

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01 Mar 2006, 22:32
Omit the clause "whatever it`s merits" in the original sentence and it still makes grammatical sense.

Absolutely (A)

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01 Mar 2006, 23:07
Why not D??

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02 Mar 2006, 10:53
OA is A.

Can someone explain why "taxing" is wrong?

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possible pronoun reference ambiguity in A [#permalink]

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12 Mar 2006, 00:50
Can't we say that the "its" as no clear referent? It could refer the the analyst or refer to the proposal. Actually, a pronoun is used to replace a noun previously used in the sentence, such as "analysts" (proposal comes next)? Somebody can clarify this to me? Cause this is what took me to choose E.

Also, I don't understand why "proposal's merits" is not an appropriate usage ans it should be "merits of proposal", as it's been said here....

Thanks, buddies!

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13 Mar 2006, 03:44
incorrect usage -proposals's merit!!
Possesive pronouns cannot be used in this way
A is correct cos it makes use of the proper subject,which is the proposal and not taxing.

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13 Mar 2006, 04:47
b14kumar wrote:
Why not D??

Because it's the proposal that cause the tax, not its merits.

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