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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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08 Feb 2013, 02:04
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

(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 am aware of the fact that this question has been discussed already but still i felt like i need some clarity on few options! So reopening the question again!!
Upto my understanding
A,B- the us of it is ambigious as it may refer to company as well as sample
E-Use of being is not apt in this sentence
But am not able to figure out between C and D.Need help on this

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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

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08 Feb 2013, 16:34
Fame,

How is the 'it' not ambiguous, couldn't it potentially take place of 'analysis' 'firm' 'sample'?

I agree with your points on the infinitive but I believe the it is ambiguous....
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26 Feb 2013, 05:18
Hello !

Sorry to bring back to life this old thread but I have a question. I managed to narrow down my answer to proposition C and D. They both seem ok to me but I'd have chosen C because D repeats "to" twice. I'm not a native speaker so "the ability.. of assessing" doesn't sound wordy and awkard to me. Can somebody explain to me why I am wrong ?

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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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26 Feb 2013, 06:20
Thank you a lot for this detailed answer !
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14 Apr 2013, 11:25
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,

Not an easy question, but claim to be is right idiom.
D is correct.
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15 Apr 2013, 05:43
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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,

Not an easy question, but claim to be is right idiom.
D is correct.

I believe, we are over emphasizing the idiom issue. The real issue lies in Meaning.
As per original statement, from a one page writing sample is modifying the verb -"Claims", whereas it should modify the infinitive "to assess". It illogically says that firm claims from one page writing sample, giving sense that action of claiming is done in Writing Sample. Hence Incorrect.

Please note that both the usages are acceptable-
claims + that+ a subordinate clause
claims + infinitive
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15 Apr 2013, 07:34
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,

I picked D using idiom.use of claim in two ways.they are
1.claim+infinitive
2.claim+that+subordinate clause
according to idiom here Option d is the correct answer
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24 Apr 2013, 22:44
I still dint got why "A" is wrong...?
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07 May 2013, 21:41
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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
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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13 Jun 2013, 11:11
The correct answer is "D" because the idiom is - to be able to do something
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14 Jun 2013, 02:15
Fairly simple I would like to think.

A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims ________________________ more than 300 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
Putting this prepositional phrase before the claim seems awkward.

(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
"ability.....of" is idiomatically incorrect. I think it should be "ability.....to"

(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,
awkward again. also incorrect grammatically.

(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
The best choice. "to be able.....to" is idiomatically correct. This choice also convey the meaning well.
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09 Nov 2013, 09:24
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess

On a similar occasion, different question though, I can't remember where (either a MGMAT or an OG , the explanation said something like:

" 'to assess' should be closer to the subject as 'from a one-page writing sample' interrupts the flow" !
Some people might remember better than I do.
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05 Aug 2014, 23:06
sinew 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,

Intent meaning of the sentence: The firm claims that it can assess personality traits from a one-page writing sample.
--> "A" changes the meaning by saying "A firm that... claims from a one-page writing sample" (Means: the claim of this firm is from a on-page writing sample)
--> Although A is grammatically correct, it gives different meaning --> incorrect.

B, C, E are not the correct idioms. (see note about "claim" below) --> incorrect.

D is the correct idioms and asserts the meaning of the sentence. --> correct

--- Claim usage (from Aristotle):
1. To claim that S + V: Used while proclaiming st
Marry claims that she can eat 10 bowls of rice.
2. Claim (noun) to + N: used to take control of assets
The eldest son laid claim to the father's property.
3. To claim to be able to do st:
They claim to be able to read minds.
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13 Nov 2014, 07:24
sinew 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,

A - use of unknown it
B- ability of - wrong idiom
C- same as B
D- correct
E- use of being
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22 May 2016, 03:41
Hello,

How in option C, the modifier " from a one page sample" modifies the verb "claims" and in option D, it modifies the verb "assess"?
They both appear to have the same structure.

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22 May 2016, 16:38
anuj4012 wrote:
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How in option C, the modifier " from a one page sample" modifies the verb "claims" and in option D, it modifies the verb "assess"?
They both appear to have the same structure.

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Your argument is right. In neither case "from a one page sample" modifies "claims".

Option C is wrong not because " from a one page sample" modifies "claims", but because wrong idiom "ability of" is used. Correct usage is "ability to".
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