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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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26 Feb 2013, 06:55
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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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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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20 Oct 2005, 00:20
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D is the best answer.

A and B sound like the firm's claim is written on a one-page writing sample.

"The ability of assessing" in C is awakard.

"...claims being able to assess" in E is awakard.
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20 Oct 2005, 08:05
The correct idiom is claims to be able to....

Solid D.
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14 Jun 2006, 18:14
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, 18:19
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, 18:27
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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15 Jun 2006, 01:07
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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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10 Sep 2006, 09:51
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
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(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
****Incorrect pronoun reference. What is 'it' referring to - sample or firm.***

(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
*******same as in A. In addition to that, the construction is awkward****
(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
*****Unidiomatic****
(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
****Correct. claims to be able ..........to assess is idiomatic******
(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample
****Unidiomatic, does not convey the original meaning***
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prasannar 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,

The meaning of this sentence becomes lost in an awkward and ungrammatical construction.
The verb claims may be followed by one of two correct constructions:
1. [i]claims that + a subordinate clause
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2. or claims + the infinitive.

When the prepositional phrase from a one-page writing sample is placed between claims and that, the result confuses and distorts the meaning by suggesting that the claim is contained in the writing sample. Instead, the firm claims to be able ... to assess. The prepositional phrase should be placed between a pair of commas to show clearly that it is additional information not crucial to understanding the sentence.[/i]

A The prepositional phrase following the verb distorts the meaning of the sentence
B Placing the phrase after claims distorts meaning; that is omitted; the ability of assessing is wordy and awkward
C The ability ... of assessing is not a correct idiom
D Correct. The correct idiomatic construction (claims to be able to assess) is used in this sentence, and the prepositional phrase is set off in a pair of commas to prevent misreading.
E Claims ... being able is not a correct idiom

The correct answer is D.Og11-copyleft
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D for me.

This is testing the idiom "claim to be".

The use of "assessing" in B and C are incorrect. No need for progressive tense when simple present will work just fine.

C. "claims the ability...of assessing..." -- what exactly does it claim?? The ability of what?Not clear.
D. "claims to be able ...to assess..." is correct. Although I wouldn't say it this way naturally in spoken English, this sentence is correct.
E. "claims being able to assess" -- use of "being" is never good in regards to GMAT.

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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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21 Jul 2008, 16:43
With regard to C, I first notice that "of assessing" is awkward. Second, the phrase "from a one-page writing sample" is a modifying phrase. We have to determine what this phrase modifies. Does it modify "ability" ? This would mean the phrase tells us where the ability comes from. It's not the ability from Texas, it's the ability from a one-page writing sample. This can't be correct.

If a modifier answers the question how? about a verb, then that modifying phrase is an adverbial phrase. This is exactly what we have here. The answer should be 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,

Why C is not correct answer ?

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21 Jul 2008, 19:10
grepro,

What that phrase, even the function of the phrase, depends upon which answer you refer to. As it is used in A (the original sentence) it is actually the direct object and doesn't function as an adverbial phrase. Claims what? Claims from a one-page writing smaple...This is obviously incorrect.

In B, the word "that" is necessary in "from a one-page writing sample that it has the ability..." I won't even comment on "ability of assessing" as it is incorrect too.

In C, the only problem really appears to be "of assessing". Here "from a one-page writing sample" does actually function as an adverbial phrase for the first time in all of the answers. An adverbial phrase is not required to be close to the verb. Here, the verb and adverbial phrase is separated by the direct object: "the ability", which is fine, but it is not entirely clear that it isn't modifying "ability". If you take out the phrase and leave just "the ability of assessing" this is incorrect. The proper form is "the ability to _____".

In E, if you take out all the modifiers (middlemen) and leave just the nuts and bolts, we have "A firm claims being able to assess" This is now easier to see that E is incorrect.
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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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19 Aug 2009, 03:47
claim to be is the right idiom ,...., used in a right way to explain a piece of information.
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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---that reference ambigious
(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,

IMO D

just wanted to confirm is "claim from" allowable.not in the context of the question but in gmat in general
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09 Oct 2012, 10:56
I think this is a modifier error
the firm will claim something about its unique feature so as we know one word discription kind of appositive should be close to word claim
and this word may from options is its ability or it be able to
can zero it to C and D after which its difficult as i am not good at participle, infinitive hence will go with D
but another doubt is if i am not wrong this is subjunctive hence to assess or to be able to should be without to
can anyyone shed some light on it
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11 Oct 2012, 02:09
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Moreover problem with A is of "it" ambiguity
1. May refer to "a one page sample"
2. May refer to " A Firm"

but yes the subjunctive form of infinitive is clevelry placed to fox
correct me if i am wrong

adressing at the same time to @ Yashii, in A what is wrong ??

Apart the rules of subjunctive tense and so on and so forth, staying close to the meaning and construction of the sentence: a fim (singular) .....filler.... claims WHAT ?? WHAT ??? ask to you this word what ?? claims FROM.....from what ?? it does not make sens AT ALL.

Instead: the firm claims what ?? the ability ?? is also wrong. the firm claims something tha it can do or could do......the firm claims to be able.......... something.........

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Is there any expert reply for that ? Really ambiguous question my pick is A

Though I am no expert but still give it a shot.

Choice A means that the firm claims by reading from a one-page writing sample to do something while the intended meaning is - firm claims to be able to do something based on one-page writing sample.

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