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# A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting

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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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21 Jul 2008, 16:43
With regard to C, I first notice that "of assessing" is awkward. Second, the phrase "from a one-page writing sample" is a modifying phrase. We have to determine what this phrase modifies. Does it modify "ability" ? This would mean the phrase tells us where the ability comes from. It's not the ability from Texas, it's the ability from a one-page writing sample. This can't be correct.

If a modifier answers the question how? about a verb, then that modifying phrase is an adverbial phrase. This is exactly what we have here. The answer should be D.

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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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21 Jul 2008, 19:34
abhaypratapsingh 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,

Why C is not correct answer ?

Firm claims that it can access sounds correct
but when claims and that get seperated meaning changes as seen in (A).A is out.In B it is confusing.In C the ability of assessing is wrong.
D is correct since it keeps claims and to be able together clearly stating whats the claim of the firm.D is IMO answer.E is out since being is incorrect usage after claim
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21 Jul 2008, 19:36
OA is D. SC1000 # 7
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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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05 Jun 2009, 12:44
claims is an idiom to be followed by to be..

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05 Jun 2009, 13:16
Neochronic wrote:
claims is an idiom to be followed by to be..

I choose option D as well. I can also add that they're testing another idiom. "ability" is always followed by "to."
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05 Jun 2009, 20:53
vannu 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,

I think D sounds pretty good, though the comma fragment is a bit out of place.
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06 Jun 2009, 09:37
vannu 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,

Does the underlined part start from the word "from"?

(D) is the best of the lot, however it still sounds akward. What is the source of this question and the OA?
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08 Jun 2009, 07:29
OA is C
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08 Jun 2009, 11:54
vannu wrote:
OA is C

OA is option D

to be able ...to assess
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08 Jun 2009, 12:59
OA is indeed D. Check out this thread where it was previously discussed:

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08 Jun 2009, 13:55
I am sorry. The OA is D. Thanks for the correction.
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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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18 Aug 2009, 08:06

This is a purely idiom testing question...

These are the correct versions for Claim as far as I know

1) They claim to be able to........
2) They claim that....
3) They claim they can.....
4) They claim the ability to...
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18 Aug 2009, 15:41
sunainaluthra 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,

'claim to be ' and 'able to assess' are idiomatic.

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19 Aug 2009, 03:47
claim to be is the right idiom ,...., used in a right way to explain a piece of information.
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"ability to" and "able to" are the correct idioms.

Hence D.
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