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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

OA is (A).
In the case of B, is "may be" wrong? ,or, just "the proposal of taxing" (which sounds ackward)?

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08 May 2010, 17:05
metallicafan 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

OA is (A).
In the case of B, is "may be" wrong? ,or, just "the proposal of taxing" (which sounds ackward)?

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I think the answer is A because if you remove everything in between the commas, "the proposal to tax" logically completes the independent clause and everything in between the commas is not awkward. "The proposal of taxing" sounds weird.
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06 Jul 2010, 22:16
metallicafan 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

OA is (A).
In the case of B, is "may be" wrong? ,or, just "the proposal of taxing" (which sounds ackward)?

Thanks!

The proposal of taxing.......disastrous effect on Wall Street trading and employment...
creates a run on (comma splice)...

Only A is clear answer. Because " if enacted can refer to proposal only and nothing else. Check and you will find out why,,,,nothing else can be enacted...
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06 Jul 2010, 22:16
metallicafan 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

OA is (A).
In the case of B, is "may be" wrong? ,or, just "the proposal of taxing" (which sounds ackward)?

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in B....The proposal of taxing.......disastrous effect on Wall Street trading and employment...
creates a run on (comma splice)...

Only A is clear answer. Because " if enacted can refer to proposal only and nothing else. Check and you will find out why,,,,nothing else can be enacted...
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06 Jul 2010, 22:55
mustdoit wrote:
The proposal of taxing.......disastrous effect on Wall Street trading and employment...
creates a run on (comma splice)...

in B), there's no issue w/ a run on... The proposal of taxing would have a disastrous effect on ...
the issue is just w/ the idiom "proposal of taxing"

metallicafan wrote:
In the case of B, is "may be" wrong? ,or, just "the proposal of taxing" (which sounds ackward)?
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also, i don't think there is an issue w/ "may be" here.

Someone please confirm the "may be":

"Whatever X may be, Y blah blah..."
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07 Jul 2010, 06:34
metallicafan 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

OA is (A).
In the case of B, is "may be" wrong? ,or, just "the proposal of taxing" (which sounds ackward)?

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IMO 'A'

Between A and D, 'D' incorrectly says that the proposal's merit if enacted.. hence 'A'
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23 Dec 2010, 02:48
I went for E:( agree with OA though, non-restrictive clause messed me up:)
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