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Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 06:39
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Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous water torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. the ability to hold his breath
B. he has the ability of holding his breath
C. the ability of him holding his breath
D. to be able to hold his breath
E. being able to hold his breath

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Last edited by Archit143 on 28 Mar 2013, 13:44, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 06:49
it has to be D : to be able to hold his breath
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Re: Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 10:32
"claime to be" is the correct idiom, and only D has it.

IMO D
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Re: Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 11:56
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Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous water torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. the ability to hold his breath
B. he has the ability of holding his breath
C. the ability of him holding his breath
D. to be able to hold his breath
E. being able to hold his breath

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IMO D
A - wrong meaning claimed....the ability...
B - wrong idiom - ability of holding....
C - same as B
E - use of being is not a preferred option and is wordy

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Re: Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  28 Mar 2013, 13:45
Thnx for discussion posted the OA
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Re: Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  31 Mar 2013, 22:24
IMO D....to be able to hold his breath
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"claim to" correct idiom so D
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Re: Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous [#permalink]  04 Apr 2013, 23:47
According to Manhattan Gmat - Sentence correction - idiom

CLAIM

Right:
Claim that.........
Claim to be able to.............

Suspect:
Claim the Ability to..........
Claim X can do......

Wrong
Claim being able............

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