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# The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be

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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
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30 Sep 2008, 09:38
tough one

I think claims to is the correct idiom. I go with A
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30 Sep 2008, 10:36
spriya wrote:
GMBA85 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 -> it is ambiguous ,it can refer to length or the camcorder
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 -> PERFECT IMO

E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing -> computer is not weighing 11 ounces instead cam corder is weighing

Priya, for the same question few days back your answer was different!!! I'm referring to the link below. Your thot process fluctuates quite fast!!!

11-p520072?t=70537&hilit=electronics+company+has+unveiled#p520072
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30 Sep 2008, 11:06
GMBA85 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

claims that or claims to be is the correct usage.

When we use claims is, we broke the idiomatic expression and also we sound as if the claim is validated.

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30 Sep 2008, 11:21
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I don't think there is an idiom issue here - claim is vs claims to be. Both can be used.

We need to focus on the other parts of the sentence:

A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a
handheld computer, and it weighs - it can modify handheld computer or digital camcorder - wrong

B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a
handheld computer, weighing

Which can be modifying either world or camcorder - the meaning is not clear. If it's not clear, then it's most likely wrong.

C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld
computer, and it weighs

Same issue as in A and B.

D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld
computer and weighs

Works for me. The which needs to modify camcorder in this sentence, or the sentence would not be logical.

E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a
handheld computer, weighing

This says the handheld computer is weighing. IRather, it should be the camcorder.
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30 Sep 2008, 11:43
I don't think there is an idiom issue here - claim is vs claims to be. Both can be used.

claims to be is the correct idiom. claims that is a correct idiom. claim is is wrong. P 111 of MGMAT SC guide has the idiom listed. As you noted, it is possible that C D & E have other issues.
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01 Oct 2008, 00:54
I KNOW THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN DISCUSSED EARLIER & I WILL ALWAYS GO FOR D.
BUT ACCORDING TO THE EARLIER POST,D IS NOT OA.

I STILL DISAGREE WITH THE OA
IMO D
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01 Oct 2008, 13:03
Will go for D.

Same reasoning as "Spriya"

"What it claims" is -->CORRECT.. no issues
"What they claim" are -- > Correct. no sissues here too.

edit:
"What they claim" is -- > is also idiomatic
sorry it should be "Is" not "are"
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01 Oct 2008, 13:30
GMBA85 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

D. The sentence is read as under:

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

The subject of the verb "is" is "what". so

1. What it claims" is -- CORRECT
2. What they claim" are -- INCORRECT because they is not the subject here. The subject is "what", which refers to "the world’s smallest network digital camcorder". "Claim", not "are", is the verb of the subject, "they".
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01 Oct 2008, 13:39
GMAT TIGER wrote:
GMBA85 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

D. The sentence is read as under:

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

The subject of the verb "is" is "what". so

1. What it claims" is -- CORRECT
2. What they claim" are -- INCORRECT because they is not the subject here. The subject is "what", which refers to "the world’s smallest network digital camcorder". "Claim", not "are", is the verb of the subject, "they".

What I meant..is
"What it claims is" - is correct usage. (idiomatic)
"What they claim is"-- (idiomatic)is also correct usage.. obviously this will not fit in this question
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01 Oct 2008, 19:07
I will stick to A for idiom issue. claims to be is the right idiom.
GMBA85 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
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01 Oct 2008, 22:14
"D" for me can we have the OA now please

Regarding "A" i would like to ask ..
if a list is about the particular thing are we allowed to use a pronoun again to refer to that thing
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