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A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 14:45
Looks like you don't like "being" :P

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claims what? Rule out A and B
C - cant claim ability
D - Yah
E - being :x
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 16:19
A firm claims to be able to assess... so D is fine with me!
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 16:45
I would go with A.

B: The use of "it has the ability of assessing" is redundent.

C and D are out: "the ability of" and "to be able to" are correct idioms but they should not be seperated by commas.

E is out: "claims being able to" is not grammatically correct. Should be "claims to be able to".

A: "claim...that" sounds fine to me.

All IMHO :)

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 16:52
BCC145 wrote:
I would go with A.

B the use of "it has the ability of assessing" is redundent.

C and D are out: "the ability of" and "to be able to" are correct idioms but they should not be seperated by commas.

E is out: "claims being able to" is not grammatically correct. Should be "claims to be able to".

A: "claim...that" sounds fine to me.

All IMO :)


the idiom is "claims to" and not "claims from" or "claims that"
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 17:00
You are right. I searched for idioms for claim and there is no "claim that".

I should say I am really not sure about this one.

What's OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 17:08
Another tough one...

From the lessons I have learnt in this club. I don't see any grammatical issues in all the 5 options

so go for 'D' ...

Can anyone explain what is wrong with 'A' ... I know it sounds odd, but anything that comes to your mind..can be shared across..
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 17:14
some excerpts on 'claim that'


2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 17:19
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some excerpts on 'claim that'


2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]


Unfortunately in your case "claim" is used as a noun, whereas this question uses "claim" as a verb... "a firm claims to"... it is not the document that claims something, but rather a firm! :wink:

hope this heps
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 17:27
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Beyond700 wrote:
some excerpts on 'claim that'


2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]


Unfortunately in your case "claim" is used as a noun, whereas this question uses "claim" as a verb... "a firm claims to"... it is not the document that claims something, but rather a firm! :wink:

hope this heps


that makes sense. but how about the following

He claims that he is innocent. Is it right or wrong? :?:

Ofocurse He claims to be innocent would have been more appropriate.. 8-)
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 17:31
Beyond700 wrote:
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Beyond700 wrote:
some excerpts on 'claim that'


2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]


Unfortunately in your case "claim" is used as a noun, whereas this question uses "claim" as a verb... "a firm claims to"... it is not the document that claims something, but rather a firm! :wink:

hope this heps


that makes sense. but how about the following

He claims that he is innocent. Is it right or wrong? :?:

Ofocurse He claims to be innocent would have been more appropriate.. 8-)


I will leave "the correctness" for the SC gurus, however, in this case "that" seems to connect 2 clauses, meaning it isn't used as an idiom...
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Re: SC - * analysis of handwriting * [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 18:16
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A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,


can somebody clear my doubt over here...
when i read the theory from princeton,,,,,it was written that we cannot use able with inanimate things,,,,,,
so how come (d) could be an answer
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 20:18
Will go with D.

able to is the correct idiom
Being is wrong in E. Hence D
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Re: SC - * analysis of handwriting * [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 21:06
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A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,


can somebody clear my doubt over here...
when i read the theory from princeton,,,,,it was written that we cannot use able with inanimate things,,,,,,
so how come (d) could be an answer


the subject here is A firm which contains people and it is in function so it is not an inanimate noun.

Instead of 'A firm' if it had been 'a stone' then your argument is valid here... :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 23:26
OA is "D".
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Re: SC - * analysis of handwriting * [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2006, 00:07
kan93463 wrote:
selene wrote:
A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,


can somebody clear my doubt over here...
when i read the theory from princeton,,,,,it was written that we cannot use able with inanimate things,,,,,,
so how come (d) could be an answer


Valid doubt.
Well "Firm" here is a collective noun.
I think it's okay to say that a firm claims..........

Ex: The company has decided to open more branches

As for this SC:

"claims to be" is a correct idiom.
Only D gives the correct option that can go along with "claims" to complete the idiom "claim to be....." correctly.

So IMO it's D.

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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2006, 02:44
Very good discussion guys :good

OA is ^ D ^
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A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2006, 06:22
A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.
(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,
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Re: SC : Handwriting [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2006, 06:44
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A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.
(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,


go for (D)

(B)(C) : the ability of is unidiomatic
(E) : being..OUT
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2006, 08:51
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2006, 09:32
I picked C :oops:

But " ability of" is wrong as you guys mentioned...

OA is D
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