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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 ==> A Firm... claims... from a one-page writing sample.. == After carefully reading, it changes the meaning, A firm does not claim from one page of writing samples, rather A firm claims about their ability to........ assess............. - Hence Out

(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing ==> A Firm... claims... from a one-page writing sample.. == After carefully reading, it changes the meaning, A firm does not claim from one page of writing samples, rather A firm claims about their ability to........ assess............. - Hence Out

(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing ==> "The Ability - Of" is incorrect IDIOM

(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess ==> Abe To == Is correct IDIOM

(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample, == Usage of "being able" is incorrect
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GMATNinjaTwo & GMATNinja, Could you explain the prepositional phrase "from a one-page writing sample" in (D)? Does the prepositional phrase modified "analysis of handwriting"?

Using choice D, the sentence becomes:

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

The prepositional phrase "from a one-page writing sample" acts as an adverb, modifying the infinitive "to assess".


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in Option D, isn't [from a one-page writing sample] non essential modifier. As per original sentence, shouldn't [from a one-page writing sample] be essential modifier ?

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In choice A, the relative pronoun that refers to the sample, which is not the intended idea of the sentence.
Ability should be followed by an infinitive, hence choice B can be eliminated.
Choice C repeats the error present in choice B
Choice D rectifies all the errors, hence is the right answer.
Choice E changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Also, being is incorrectly used.
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