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The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighsless than 11 ounces.
A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

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A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a hand held computer, and it weighs
"It" is referring to computer rather than camcorder so this option is incorrect. Moreover "to be" makes this option passive.

B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a hand held computer, weighing
This sentence makes "which is as long as a hand held computer" as non essential clause and means that camcorder is weighing only 11 ounce. But logically speaking Camcorder length and weight both as its attribute. Moreover "to be" makes this option passive. Moreover "Which" is referring to "world".

C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a hand held computer, and it weighs
"It" is referring to computer rather than camcorder and "Which" is referring to "world", so this option is incorrect.

D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a hand held computer and weighs.
"Which" is clearly referring to "camcorder".

E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a hand held computer, weighing
"the length of which is that of a hand held computer" is an awkward construction. "which is as long as a hand held computer" is much better.
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23 May 2008, 16:01
claims and 'to be' go well together.
I dont see anything wrong (gramatically) with A or D.

I would go with A (original) in that case.

A. The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

D. The electronics company has unveiled what it is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs less than 11 ounces.
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Here "claims to be" is a trap.
Most of us will blindly eliminate C,D,E for incorrect idiom usage.

In A , "it" does not have a clear referrant.

On the "Manhattan" Sc forum I found this explanation

They are claiming that it IS something - not that it "to be" something - so, no, we wouldn't use "to be" here. We'd say "the company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest..."

I could say, though, "she claims to be a violinist, but I've heard her play and she's terrible." So there are circumstances in which you could use "claim to be" - but this isn't one of them.

And, yes, answer is D.
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25 May 2008, 04:24
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claims and 'to be' go well together.
I dont see anything wrong (gramatically) with A or D.

I would go with A (original) in that case.

A. The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

D. The electronics company has unveiled what it is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs less than 11 ounces.

Hi mbawater,

A is incorrect because if u cut out the modifying phrase, the sentence reads "The electronics company has unveilded what it claims to be the world's smallest network digital camcorder and it weighs less than 11 ounces."

In this sentence, "it" doesn't have a clear referrent, since it could refer to either company or the digital camcorder, which makes A incorrect.

D and E are both gramatically correct, but D is clear and concise
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25 May 2008, 05:12
claims "to be" is the correct usage as per grammar rules. But since, without the modifying phrase, the sentence seems incorrect, I had to rule out A.

@goalsnr: What is the source of the question? I do not think actual GMAT will go against its own rules.
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25 May 2008, 18:53
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The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.
A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

I dont seem to agree with the OA on this one as well. Iknow why the OA is wrong. Lets discuss and later I'll share my thoughts.

B,C-- out becuase which modifies the world instead of camcorder.
E -- it talks about weighing handled computer not digital camcorder
A -- its not clear whether it repsents handled computer or digital camcorder

I will chose D.
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26 May 2008, 07:25
Ok...everybody gets a cookie

The OA is D
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04 Jun 2008, 19:56
The answer should be D ............A is wrong as it has it .......
E has awkard construction ........
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06 Jun 2008, 06:35
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The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.
A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

I dont seem to agree with the OA on this one as well. Iknow why the OA is wrong. Lets discuss and later I'll share my thoughts.

D for me as well.

I honestly looked at the ending part of each option to narrow down my choice. In the end, only D has consistency.

A. "the length of which.... , and it weighs" is wrong. Should be "the length of which...., and the weight of which...."
B. "which is as long as...., weighing..." nope, not it.
C. "which is as long as...., and it weighs..." again, not consistent. The "it" throws it off
D. "which is as long as....and weighs...." that's consistent.
E. "the length of which is ..., weighing..." again, not consistent.
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The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.
A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

I dont seem to agree with the OA on this one as well. Iknow why the OA is wrong. Lets discuss and later I'll share my thoughts.

A

claims to be is an idiom so C,D, and E are out.

WHICH in B illogically modifies WORLD rather than CAMCORDER
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goalsnr wrote:
The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.
A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

I dont seem to agree with the OA on this one as well. Iknow why the OA is wrong. Lets discuss and later I'll share my thoughts.

B,C-- out becuase which modifies the world instead of camcorder.
E -- it talks about weighing handled computer not digital camcorder
A -- its not clear whether it repsents handled computer or digital camcorder

I will chose D.

I think in B and C the which still modified camcoder since 'in the world ' is a prepositional phrase...Although i know b,c is incorrect which is the not the reason for elimination. can someone please shed some light ?
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goalsnr wrote:
The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.
A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

I dont seem to agree with the OA on this one as well. Iknow why the OA is wrong. Lets discuss and later I'll share my thoughts.

Going with D.

I think in B and C the which still modified camcoder since 'in the world ' is a prepositional phrase...Although i know b,c is incorrect which is the not the reason for elimination. can someone please shed some light ?
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B, C out - "which" modification is wrong
E - use of "f which is that" - awkward
Between A/D - A is crisp and concise .
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The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

Intended meaning:
The electronics company has unveiled SNDC.
SNDC is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder.
SNDC is as long as a handheld computer and weighs less than 11 ounces.

A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
>>Distorts the intended meaning; it weighs is made || to main clause.
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
>>Distorts the intended meaning as per coma + ing rule.
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
>>Same as A
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing
>>Same as B.

Claim to be Vs Claim is: [Courtesy MGMAT]
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"claim to be" is only used when the person making the claim is talking about him/herself.
my five-year-old brother james claims to be the principal conductor of the boston symphony orchestra --> correct, because james is talking about himself.
X claims to be Y (and variations)
Laney claims to be an expert snowboarder.
Dr. Smith claims to be the inventor of the widget.
Company X claims to have been first to market.

X claims Z is Y (and variations)
Leo claims vanilla is the best ice cream flavor.
Vanilla is the ice cream flavor Leo claims is best.
Lydia claims the rumor is untrue.

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The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

Intended meaning:
The electronics company has unveiled SNDC.
SNDC is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder.
SNDC is as long as a handheld computer and weighs less than 11 ounces.

A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
>>Distorts the intended meaning; it weighs is made || to main clause.
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
>>Distorts the intended meaning as per coma + ing rule.
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
>>Same as A
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing
>>Same as B.

Claim to be Vs Claim is: [Courtesy MGMAT]
Quote:
"claim to be" is only used when the person making the claim is talking about him/herself.
my five-year-old brother james claims to be the principal conductor of the boston symphony orchestra --> correct, because james is talking about himself.
X claims to be Y (and variations)
Laney claims to be an expert snowboarder.
Dr. Smith claims to be the inventor of the widget.
Company X claims to have been first to market.

X claims Z is Y (and variations)
Leo claims vanilla is the best ice cream flavor.
Vanilla is the ice cream flavor Leo claims is best.
Lydia claims the rumor is untrue.

I strongly agree your explanation of A.

Ambiguity alone is hardly a problem for GMAT SC problems, as far as the antecedent exists and sing./pl. is right. IMO the parallel in A between "The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder" and "it weighs less than 11 ounces" doesn't make any sense logically.
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10 Mar 2016, 10:29
Choosing/ignoring the options on the basis of is/to be might not be the best way to approach.

A says:

The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

What does that in that of a handheld computer refer to? Well, length seems to be the best antecedent. So, A reads:

The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is length of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

Now this is strange: How can length of SNDC be the length of a handheld computer? That doesn't make sense.

More logically, length of SNDC can be the same as length of a handheld computer.
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JarvisR wrote:
The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs less than 11 ounces.

Intended meaning:
The electronics company has unveiled SNDC.
SNDC is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder.
SNDC is as long as a handheld computer and weighs less than 11 ounces.

A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
>>Distorts the intended meaning; it weighs is made || to main clause.
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
>>Distorts the intended meaning as per coma + ing rule.
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
>>Same as A
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing
>>Same as B.

Claim to be Vs Claim is: [Courtesy MGMAT]
Quote:
"claim to be" is only used when the person making the claim is talking about him/herself.
my five-year-old brother james claims to be the principal conductor of the boston symphony orchestra --> correct, because james is talking about himself.
X claims to be Y (and variations)
Laney claims to be an expert snowboarder.
Dr. Smith claims to be the inventor of the widget.
Company X claims to have been first to market.

X claims Z is Y (and variations)
Leo claims vanilla is the best ice cream flavor.
Vanilla is the ice cream flavor Leo claims is best.
Lydia claims the rumor is untrue.

I strongly agree your explanation of A.

Ambiguity alone is hardly a problem for GMAT SC problems, as far as the antecedent exists and sing./pl. is right. IMO the parallel in A between "The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder" and "it weighs less than 11 ounces" doesn't make any sense logically.

A thumb-rule in GMAT:

In a sentence, all it / its MUST refer to the same singular ancedent, and all they / them / their MUST refer to the same plural ancedent.

In option A, the pronoun it is used in two places - the first refers to the electronics company, the second refers to either SNDC or handheld computer. It does not matter which of the two possible antecedents the second it refers to since in either case the usage would be wrong because the first it has already been used to refer to a different antecedent (company).
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Ques- The electronics company has unveiled what it claims "to be the world's smallest network digital camcorder......". In the sentence containing Claims, should it be followed by To be or can is be also used? As in "what it claims is the world's smallest..."

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Ques- The electronics company has unveiled what it claims "to be the world's smallest network digital camcorder......". In the sentence containing Claims, should it be followed by To be or can is be also used? As in "what it claims is the world's smallest..."

Dear piyush_89,

I'm happy to respond.

You may be interested in GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

The verb "to claim" is a transitive verb, that is, a verb that takes a direct object. This direct object can be a simple noun:
The suspect claims innocence.
The settler claimed the land by the river.

More interesting usages, such as are likely on the GMAT SC, involve something "noun-like" taking the place of a noun. This could be
a) a "that" clause (technically known as a substantive clause)
b) an infinitive phrase
Thus, we could correctly say:
The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest network digital camcorder ... (infinitive direct object)
or
The electronics company claims that it has just unveiled the world's smallest network digital camcorder ... ("that"-clause direct object)

The following construction would not work on the GMAT:
The electronics company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest network digital camcorder . . .
This would be typical in American colloquial English, but grammatically, it's sloppy. It's very informal and would never be acceptable on the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
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