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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 proposals merits, to tax

E. the proposals merits are, taxing

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11 Aug 2008, 10:48
balboa 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 proposals merits, to tax

E. the proposals merits are, taxing

It should be C

Ask question what enacted????? C says.. Proposal ,.... , if enacted .
Other options suggests merits enacted..that's not correct.
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11 Aug 2008, 10:54
A.

"whatever its merits" is an appositive that modifies "the proposal".

B uses "may be" and is redundant.

C. This changes the meaning. Its no longer has an antecedant. "its" no longer refers to a proposal but something else that is acting as a proposal and we're evaluating the merits of this thing when it acts as a proposal.

D. This lacks "are" as in "whatever the proposal's merits are, to tax"...just doesn't make sense.

E. Now E adds in the missing "are" from D, but changes the infinitive to a gerund and makes the answer incorrect.

balboa 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 proposals merits, to tax
E. the proposals merits are, taxing

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11 Aug 2008, 11:22
OA is A.
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11 Aug 2008, 12:19
Is the word "away" part of the sentence that needs to be corrected?

I chose B over A because I didn't like the word "away", and thought that was redudant.

balboa 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 proposals merits, to tax

E. the proposals merits are, taxing
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11 Aug 2008, 12:36
"away" is not redundant because it states to what extent the capital gains will be taxed. If we took out "away" then we're merely talking about a tax. The tax could be 1% of capital gains, or it could be 100% of capital gains. The sentence is not as clear and changes the meaning because "taxing away" means no capital gains will be left.

Is the word "away" part of the sentence that needs to be corrected?

I chose B over A because I didn't like the word "away", and thought that was redudant.

balboa 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 proposals merits, to tax

E. the proposals merits are, taxing

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