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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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11 Sep 2006, 23:58
E - Out for "being"
B, C - use of unnecessary "ing"
A- Awkward
D - correct
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29 Mar 2007, 18:42
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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29 Mar 2007, 20:12
D. same reason.
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29 Mar 2007, 23:26
A,B are out -> the firm is claiming from a one page sample?? Illogical.
C -> ability from a one page sample -> another nonsensical sentence structure

Between D and E, I'll take D any day. 'being able to assess' is results in an awkward sentence.
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30 Mar 2007, 09:10
(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
****Incorrect pronoun reference. What is 'it' referring to - sample or firm.***

(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
*******same as in A. In addition to that, the construction is awkward****
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
*****Unidiomatic****
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
****Correct. claims to be able ..........to assess is idiomatic******
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample
****Unidiomatic, does not convey the original meaning***
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30 Mar 2007, 16:22
D 2!

A => is absurd as it means that the firm is claiming in a one page writing sample that it can assess..
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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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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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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,

The meaning of this sentence becomes lost in an awkward and ungrammatical construction.
The verb claims may be followed by one of two correct constructions:
1. [i]claims that + a subordinate clause
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2. or claims + the infinitive.

When the prepositional phrase from a one-page writing sample is placed between claims and that, the result confuses and distorts the meaning by suggesting that the claim is contained in the writing sample. Instead, the firm claims to be able ... to assess. The prepositional phrase should be placed between a pair of commas to show clearly that it is additional information not crucial to understanding the sentence.[/i]

A The prepositional phrase following the verb distorts the meaning of the sentence
B Placing the phrase after claims distorts meaning; that is omitted; the ability of assessing is wordy and awkward
C The ability ... of assessing is not a correct idiom
D Correct. The correct idiomatic construction (claims to be able to assess) is used in this sentence, and the prepositional phrase is set off in a pair of commas to prevent misreading.
E Claims ... being able is not a correct idiom

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27 Apr 2008, 16:13
D - best out of a pretty bad lot. "claims to be able to ..." is most idiomatic.
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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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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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09 Jun 2008, 09:34
i also feel the idiom is Claim to able to do X..

D is best
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09 Jun 2008, 16:25
D is the best for me.

You can sey claim sth, as i (C) "the ability", but it would be the ability to asses, not "of assessing"

Anyone correct me if I'm wrong

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09 Jun 2008, 18:02
D for me.

This is testing the idiom "claim to be".

The use of "assessing" in B and C are incorrect. No need for progressive tense when simple present will work just fine.

C. "claims the ability...of assessing..." -- what exactly does it claim?? The ability of what?Not clear.
D. "claims to be able ...to assess..." is correct. Although I wouldn't say it this way naturally in spoken English, this sentence is correct.
E. "claims being able to assess" -- use of "being" is never good in regards to GMAT.

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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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09 Jun 2008, 18:20
Thanks guys..

OA is D.
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09 Jun 2008, 18:50
Too quicky post the OA!
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Too quicky post the OA!

Going forward Will give you more time..
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7. A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assessmore 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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17 Jun 2008, 03:54
Claims to be able to ... smells like the correct idiom

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claims to be....claims that...both r correct idioms

so u can directly eliminate all others and D would be the right answer.

in D if you remove the phrase between commans it reads as, .....claims to be able...to asses...is correct
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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,

Why C is not correct answer ?
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