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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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This is exactly why the GMAT is reducing the number of idiom-based questions, especially those that don't seem to affect the meaning of the sentence.

For this question, the proper form of the idiom is "claim to be able to assess". The second 'to' in the phrase is essential and idiomatic, even though it might sound a bit awkward or wordy to non-native speakers.

The idiom, "claim the ability to assess" would have been suspect but potentially correct, but in this question you are given the form "claim the ability of assessing", which is not idiomatic.

I believe that on the GMAT today, you wouldn't expect to see a choice between C & D because they both can convey proper meaning. The rest of the options, however, would still be fair game because they include obvious meaning flaws that should be spotted by both native and non-native speakers.

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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 300 personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.
(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess -
Use of IT is NOT ambiguous, but "from a one-page writing sample" must be separated using comma because relative pronoun THAT is placed next to SAMPLE indicating that sample can assess traits, but it is not the intended meaning of the sentence.

(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing -
Ability must be followed by an Infinitive (To assess). Same error as in option A

(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing-
Ability must be followed by an Infinitive (To assess)

(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess - Eliminates all the errors. Thus CORRECT

(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample - This option has 2 errors.
1) BEING should not be used.
2) Placement of "from a one-page writing sample" changes the meaning.
Intended Meaning - Firms claims that it can assess more than 300 personality traits. This claim is based on One page writing sample.
Changed Meaning- Firms claims that it can assess a range of activities, which include
a) One page writing sample
b) more than 300 personality traits

Hope this detailed explanation helps.

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01 Apr 2004, 08:15
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I will go with A Claims ..... that ...

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in A, "it" at then end seems to refer to the immediately preceding noun, "one page sample".
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could anyone explain why the answer could not be C ?

Also,
claims to be --- seems to be the right idiomatic expression however
to be able -- doesnt it seem to be too wordy

like eg

he claims to sing well
he claims to be able to sing well

is my analogy correct ?[/b]
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C would have been correct had it been 'ability to assess' instead of 'ability of assessing'.

Thus, D is idiomatic and correct.

Do correct me if I am wrong.

taklu wrote:
could anyone explain why the answer could not be C ?

Also,
claims to be --- seems to be the right idiomatic expression however
to be able -- doesnt it seem to be too wordy

like eg

he claims to sing well
he claims to be able to sing well

is my analogy correct ?[/b]

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A is wrong my friend.

atleast 2 problems with A

First,

1st You can not claim from a one page writing sample. You can assess a one page writing sample to claim something...

2nd THAT is too far from claims to which it should modify.

B has the same problem.

C is claiming the ability...

E is weird as you can easily see

A could be re-written as

A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims that it can assess from a one-page writing sample more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.
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7.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,

I killed the answers choices for the following reasons, marked in-line

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess - firm is not claiming things from a one-page writing sample
(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing - Same as A
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing - same as A
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess - correct
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample, - Being is not needed here!
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01 Apr 2004, 05:01
Concur with D. Also, claiming the ability is wrong
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28 Aug 2004, 18:41
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 triats.
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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to be able... to assess is parallel
hence the OA is D
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29 Aug 2004, 20:29
(D).
(A) and (B) are changes meaning of the sentence
We want to say able to asses three hundred personality traits. so (D) should be the answer.
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16 Feb 2005, 07:26
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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16 Feb 2005, 07:53
well please discuss, why the wrong choices are wrong.

will post the OA later
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16 Feb 2005, 16:15
Probably this link should help. If u still want to discuss, we can take it from there..

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=9232
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01 Jul 2005, 13:11
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 asses

(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,
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The idiom here is "ability to" or "to be able to "

A and B are out, as the underlined portion doesn't logically flow with the word before Claim what?

C is wrong. Ability of, is the wrong idiom

E starts with being. The usage of being is not usually recommended in the GMAT

D uses the right idiom "to be able to"
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01 Jul 2005, 16:46
D. it is test of correct idiom, which is to be able to.
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