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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 proposal’s merits, to tax
(E) the proposal’s merits are, taxing

Can anyone explain why D is wrong? Many tks. Lw.

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14 Jul 2008, 12:39
lordw wrote:
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

Can anyone explain why D is wrong? Many tks. Lw.

proposal if inacted, not taxing if inacted.

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14 Jul 2008, 12:47
i think A is best..

it says whatever its merit, the proposal to tax away blah would have disasterous consequences

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14 Jul 2008, 13:07
IMO its E

can someone explain if "to tax away" goes right with "would have.."

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14 Jul 2008, 13:20
IMO A.

D is wrong, cause the use is as follows
To do x is to do y

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14 Jul 2008, 15:08
D is wrong because the correct idiom should be "to X is to Y." In option D, we have "to X", but "to Y" is missing. Also, I choose A because you don't need "may be" when you already have "whatever." When used together, they become redundant. Option A doesn't have this redundancy and so it must be the correct answer.

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14 Jul 2008, 17:09
lordw wrote:
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

Can anyone explain why D is wrong? Many tks. Lw.

A :According to some analysts, whatever its merits, the proposal to tax away all capital gains
D :According to some analysts, whatever the proposal’s merits, to tax away all capital gains

"According to some analysts," is a modifier to modify "proposal".
In D we have a dangling modifier - ask question" what if enacted?"

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15 Jul 2008, 10:31
Again amazing!

Many tks to all, Lw.

goalsnr wrote:
lordw wrote:
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

Can anyone explain why D is wrong? Many tks. Lw.

A :According to some analysts, whatever its merits, the proposal to tax away all capital gains
D :According to some analysts, whatever the proposal’s merits, to tax away all capital gains

"According to some analysts," is a modifier to modify "proposal".
In D we have a dangling modifier - ask question" what if enacted?"

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