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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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14 Jun 2006, 14:45
Looks like you don't like "being"

gmatmba wrote:
claims what? Rule out A and B
C - cant claim ability
D - Yah
E - being
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14 Jun 2006, 16:19
A firm claims to be able to assess... so D is fine with me!
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14 Jun 2006, 16:45
I would go with A.

B: The use of "it has the ability of assessing" is redundent.

C and D are out: "the ability of" and "to be able to" are correct idioms but they should not be seperated by commas.

E is out: "claims being able to" is not grammatically correct. Should be "claims to be able to".

A: "claim...that" sounds fine to me.

All IMHO

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14 Jun 2006, 16:52
BCC145 wrote:
I would go with A.

B the use of "it has the ability of assessing" is redundent.

C and D are out: "the ability of" and "to be able to" are correct idioms but they should not be seperated by commas.

E is out: "claims being able to" is not grammatically correct. Should be "claims to be able to".

A: "claim...that" sounds fine to me.

All IMO

the idiom is "claims to" and not "claims from" or "claims that"
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14 Jun 2006, 17:00
You are right. I searched for idioms for claim and there is no "claim that".

What's OA?
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14 Jun 2006, 17:08
Another tough one...

From the lessons I have learnt in this club. I don't see any grammatical issues in all the 5 options

so go for 'D' ...

Can anyone explain what is wrong with 'A' ... I know it sounds odd, but anything that comes to your mind..can be shared across..
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14 Jun 2006, 17:14
some excerpts on 'claim that'

2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]
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14 Jun 2006, 17:19
Beyond700 wrote:
some excerpts on 'claim that'

2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]

Unfortunately in your case "claim" is used as a noun, whereas this question uses "claim" as a verb... "a firm claims to"... it is not the document that claims something, but rather a firm!

hope this heps
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14 Jun 2006, 17:27
u2lover wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
some excerpts on 'claim that'

2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]

Unfortunately in your case "claim" is used as a noun, whereas this question uses "claim" as a verb... "a firm claims to"... it is not the document that claims something, but rather a firm!

hope this heps

that makes sense. but how about the following

He claims that he is innocent. Is it right or wrong?

Ofocurse He claims to be innocent would have been more appropriate..
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14 Jun 2006, 17:31
Beyond700 wrote:
u2lover wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
some excerpts on 'claim that'

2. claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims" [/b]

Unfortunately in your case "claim" is used as a noun, whereas this question uses "claim" as a verb... "a firm claims to"... it is not the document that claims something, but rather a firm!

hope this heps

that makes sense. but how about the following

He claims that he is innocent. Is it right or wrong?

Ofocurse He claims to be innocent would have been more appropriate..

I will leave "the correctness" for the SC gurus, however, in this case "that" seems to connect 2 clauses, meaning it isn't used as an idiom...
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14 Jun 2006, 18:16
selene 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,

can somebody clear my doubt over here...
when i read the theory from princeton,,,,,it was written that we cannot use able with inanimate things,,,,,,
so how come (d) could be an answer
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14 Jun 2006, 20:18
Will go with D.

able to is the correct idiom
Being is wrong in E. Hence D
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14 Jun 2006, 21:06
kan93463 wrote:
selene 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,

can somebody clear my doubt over here...
when i read the theory from princeton,,,,,it was written that we cannot use able with inanimate things,,,,,,
so how come (d) could be an answer

the subject here is A firm which contains people and it is in function so it is not an inanimate noun.

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14 Jun 2006, 23:26
OA is "D".
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15 Jun 2006, 00:07
kan93463 wrote:
selene 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,

can somebody clear my doubt over here...
when i read the theory from princeton,,,,,it was written that we cannot use able with inanimate things,,,,,,
so how come (d) could be an answer

Valid doubt.
Well "Firm" here is a collective noun.
I think it's okay to say that a firm claims..........

Ex: The company has decided to open more branches

As for this SC:

"claims to be" is a correct idiom.
Only D gives the correct option that can go along with "claims" to complete the idiom "claim to be....." correctly.

So IMO it's D.

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15 Jun 2006, 02:44
Very good discussion guys

OA is ^ 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,
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10 Sep 2006, 06:44
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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,

go for (D)

(B)(C) : the ability of is unidiomatic
(E) : being..OUT
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10 Sep 2006, 08:51
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
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10 Sep 2006, 09:32
I picked C

But " ability of" is wrong as you guys mentioned...

OA is D
10 Sep 2006, 09:32

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