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    Default I pay taxes in / of various names

    I'm writing a letter to the Premier of Ontario. I'm trying to write a sentence and apparently having difficulty with it. I was wondering if you could help out.

    1. I pay taxes in various names.
    2. I pay taxes of various names.

    I meant to say that I pay various taxes that bear different names, such as income tax, property tax and whatnot.
    I first wrote no.1 and thought paying taxes IN various names could mean I'm using different names for myself to pay taxes. No that's not what I intended... so I tried 'of' instead and it sounded ok. But here's the problem.


    3. I pay huge sum of taxes in various names.
    4. I pay huge sum of taxes of various names.

    No.1 didn't sound quite right, but no.3 doesn't sound wrong at all. No.4 now sounds awkward.

    What should I do??

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    Default Re: I pay taxes in / of various names

    "I am a taxpayer and I pay huge sums of taxes in various forms/categories" or "I am a taxpayer and I pay huge sums of taxes in one form or another."
    Last edited by Temico; 11-Aug-2005 at 06:32.

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    Default Re: I pay taxes in / of various names

    Thanks for your input Temico.

    I thought of using 'forms / catagories', and while they do eliminate the ambiguity of the sentence, they also sound... bland. Is it just me or does anyone think the word 'name' can be very cool and symbolic in many occasions?
    And 'in one form or another'... that's changing the meaning.

    I'd like to keep it in the sentence if possible. Using any other word, in my opinion, changes that something in the sentence, no matter how small of a difference. If I'm really out of available option I may resort to ditching the word but I'd like opinions from as many people as possible.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: I pay taxes in / of various names

    I pay all manner of taxes.

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