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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

Plz explain what should be the ans?

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07 Jul 2009, 06:40
shrutisingh 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

Plz explain what should be the ans?

Very good question!!

I feel that the correct answer is E

We would need a verb after proposal's merit or its merits. With this premise we could elimiate A, C and D.

B and E use verbs 'may be' and 'are' respectively, however, there is a modifer problem in option B.

E looks perfect.

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07 Jul 2009, 06:45
shrutisingh 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

Plz explain what should be the ans?

I pick E

A -- am not sure its referring to proposal's here . and I feel a verb is needed after ' its merits '
B is wrong for 'proposal of'
C awkward construction.

D -- I think a verb is needed here as well after ' the proposal's merits'

please post the OE as well along with the OA.
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07 Jul 2009, 08:16
I am going with A.

B) This sounds ok, but if you can cut out the passive "may be," then cut it out.
C) "its merits as a proposal" is awkward and incorrect.
D) "to tax" shouldn't be the subject
E) I think this is wrong b/c later on in the sentence you see "if enacted." Well this ans choice says "taxing .... would, if enacted." That is wrong. The taxing is not enacted, the proposal is enacted. Hence, A is correct.
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07 Jul 2009, 09:00
I think E is right as it has the verb 'are'.
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07 Jul 2009, 09:36
OA is A. I still can't exactly understand why it is A. It dawned on me finally why other options are wrong, but I can't understand why it is not necessary the verb in the phrase "whatever its merits". Sounds awkward to me
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07 Jul 2009, 09:42
Boom. Thank you.

"whatever its merits" is similar to saying something like "regardless of its merits." Do you need a verb here? No.
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07 Jul 2009, 10:12
proposal needs to be a subject after 'merit', As it is clearly stated 'if enacted' ==> proposal is enacted
b/w A and B, A is correct for proposal to.
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07 Jul 2009, 10:26
sudeep wrote:
proposal needs to be a subject after 'merit', As it is clearly stated 'if enacted' ==> proposal is enacted
b/w A and B, A is correct for proposal to.

hey this concept is interesting ... can you explain a bit more or put a link that has the info?

If proposal is enacted then proposal have effect on walstreet? or taxing have effect on walstreet??

can you explain in detail?
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07 Jul 2009, 10:35
topher wrote:
Boom. Thank you.

"whatever its merits" is similar to saying something like "regardless of its merits." Do you need a verb here? No.

thank you ... it makes sense now.
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07 Jul 2009, 20:34
ugimba wrote:
sudeep wrote:
proposal needs to be a subject after 'merit', As it is clearly stated 'if enacted' ==> proposal is enacted
b/w A and B, A is correct for proposal to.

hey this concept is interesting ... can you explain a bit more or put a link that has the info?

If proposal is enacted then proposal have effect on walstreet? or taxing have effect on walstreet??

can you explain in detail?

I don't have a link, this is just what I think.
but 'if enacted' goes only with proposal and not with taxing. Taxing can't be enacted.
I think both of them can have effect on Wall street, but that's not the issue here.
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09 Jul 2009, 04:20
topher wrote:
Boom. Thank you.

"whatever its merits" is similar to saying something like "regardless of its merits." Do you need a verb here? No.

hurrah :flower I understood it finally :thanks

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