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# According to some analysts, whatever its merits, the

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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 proposalâ€™s merits, to tax
(E) the proposalâ€™s merits are, taxing
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03 Sep 2005, 18:48
A. D is not correct guys. D doesnot have pronoun for noun and even its noun is not clear too.
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04 Sep 2005, 19:43
"whatever the proposalâ€™s merits are" sounds better than "whatever the proposalâ€™s merits' that sounds like it is not a complete sentence.
Even if I don't like the +ing form in choice E, I would still go for E.
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04 Sep 2005, 20:33
I think D). Sounds like "its" is refering to "some analysts" when it is suppose to refer to "the proposal". That gets rid of A and B, C sucks, and E uses "taxing" which doesn't sit right with me.
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05 Sep 2005, 06:42
E for me.

D sounds incomplete to me. and so do A and C.
The use of 'may be' and the pronoun 'its' in B makes it unacceptable.

OA/OE Plz.

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05 Sep 2005, 08:26
Only relevent answer choices are B and E.

rest of the choices are missing a verb, which is needed to complete a appositive or absolute clause...

E is definetly wrong, because the sentence is unclear in its meaning. There is no clause or phrase that is stating the proposal,

B states the proposal correctly and its refer to the possessive form of proposal. Moreover, B establishes the contrast indicating that whatever the merits or benifits (MAY BE), it is not a good proposal.

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05 Sep 2005, 08:34
The OA is A.
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05 Sep 2005, 17:38
whats the source of this question?

I am not sure if OA is correct...

I mean what is "its" referring to?
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05 Sep 2005, 18:07
Tough one ! I am still trying to understand why A and not the others...
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06 Sep 2005, 01:03
Can't explain but i did chose A. "the proposal to tax" sounded best to me.
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