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# The proposed simplification of the tax code would repeal or

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The proposed simplification of the tax code would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced across the board.

A. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced

B. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates can be reduced

C. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, which includes the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced

D. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so as to reduce income tax rates

E. would repeal and modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced

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03 Oct 2012, 23:52
getgyan wrote:
The proposed simplification of the tax code would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced across the board.
A. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced
B. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates can be reduced
C. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, which includes the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced
D. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so as to reduce income tax rates
E. would repeal and modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced

Since it is talking about a proposal and not a certain outcome is ascertained, "would" is a better usage than "will".

A. No errors. Correct usage of "would" and "could".
B. No error per se, but "will" is to be used when the outcome is sure. So A is better.
C. "will" and "could" -> inconsistency.
D. "so as to" makes the construction awkward.
E. "repeal and modify" is not correct.

A is the "best" choice.
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04 Oct 2012, 02:02
Edvento wrote:

Since it is talking about a proposal and not a certain outcome is ascertained, "would" is a better usage than "will".

"Would" is used when we talk about future in the past. Here we are talking about future in present. Also we cannot say for sure whether the outcome is ascertained or not?
Any thoughts?
Do you still think would is more correct than will?

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Edvento wrote:

Since it is talking about a proposal and not a certain outcome is ascertained, "would" is a better usage than "will".

"Would" is used when we talk about future in the past. Here we are talking about future in present. Also we cannot say for sure whether the outcome is ascertained or not?
Any thoughts?
Do you still think would is more correct than will?

When we talk about a hypothetical future from a past scenario, we use "would have".

And when the outcome is uncertain, we use "would". "Will" is used when something is sure. "Tomorrow the sun will rise from the east".

Here, "would" is applicable.
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04 Oct 2012, 06:41

please insert the OA using spoiler along with the question..
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01 Nov 2012, 21:12
getgyan wrote:
The proposed simplification of the tax code would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced across the board.
A. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced
B. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates can be reduced
C. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, which includes the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced
D. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so as to reduce income tax rates
E. would repeal and modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced

The sentence talks about a proposed law so the use of "would" and "could" is better than "will" and "can". If the law is already enacted then the use of "will" and "can" is correct. Will and can are used when talking about something which is certain and "would" and "could" are used when something is still not certain. So going by this the correct option is A.

A:Correct. Proper use of would/could to indicate proposed law.
B:Wrong. Will/Can cannot be used here since the law is not yet passed
C:Wrong.Will/Could is incorrect,should be either would/could or will/can . Also "which" refers to breaks(plural) so we need "include" to go with which.
D:Wrong: There is nothing wrong in this sentence as such but I think A is much better. I think "so as to" make the sentence sound little awkward.
E:Wrong. You cannot repeal and then modify. It should be repeal or modify.
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20 Sep 2013, 03:11
I saw OA as B,( question is from Aristotle SC guide. Q.No : 30)

But I wonder why A is wrong.

The question talks about a proposal which is already disclosed/proposed. So the question speaks about an action which is already over and the proposal talk about something in the future. It should take would is this respect not will.

Can anyone throw some more light into this??
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05 Nov 2013, 12:35
Can anybody throw some light into this question...
why A is not the correct answer
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05 Nov 2013, 13:05
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Can anybody throw some light into this question...
why A is not the correct answer

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05 Oct 2016, 07:15
WILL vs Would

i am not sure but the word proposed here pushes my answer to be A ;
Will and can is correctly used and i cant think of a reason to say they are incorrect except the word proposed - so if something is proposed we are making an assumption here that its not finalized so A
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25 May 2017, 22:30
getgyan wrote:
The proposed simplification of the tax code would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced across the board.
A. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced
B. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates can be reduced
C. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, which includes the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced
D. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so as to reduce income tax rates
E. would repeal and modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments, so that income tax rates could be reduced

Apart from Will and Would , I have one more question.

the modifier including the deductibility ...modifies the entire preceding sentence. So should not it make senses with the subject of the sentence ???
here it seems to modify the tax breaks ???
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The proposed simplification of the tax code would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments so that income tax rates could be reduced across the board.

It is not necessary to scratch one's head to go into whether 'would make' or 'will make' is correct. We can arrive at the solution even without considering that. Yet again, including here means 'such as' in order to give some examples. Therefore, we needn't pull the hair to decide what including modifies.

A. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments so that income tax rates could be reduced -- This is the best choice using correct idiom and proper modal verb "could be"

B. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments so that income tax rates can be reduced -- 'can be reduced' denotes a material capability and not a probability.

C. will repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, which includes the deductibility of mortgage interest payments so that income tax rates could be reduced ---'a number of' is plural. Its verb should be 'which include'.

D. would repeal or modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments so as to reduce income tax rates--- 'so adjective as to verb' is the correct idiom.

E. would repeal and modify a number of popular tax breaks, including the deductibility of mortgage interest payments so that income tax rates could be reduced --- 'repeal and modify' is altered intent.

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26 May 2017, 04:09
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the modifier including the deductibility ...modifies the entire preceding sentence. So should not it make senses with the subject of the sentence ???
here it seems to modify the tax breaks ???

Hi vishalkumar4mba, including is not really a present participle, but a preposition. Hence, the usual rules of present participial phrases (such as modifying subject of the sentence etc.) do not apply to including.

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The main essence is :
A proposed statement is in past hence let it be in past, Lets not make it into future as in B.

So A is better than B. B changes meaning. .
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