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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 hand-held 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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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 hand-held 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 -> What does "it" refer to, camcorder or computer?
B.to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing- seems like world is as long as a handheld computer.
C.is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs- same as (C)
D.is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs -Correctly compares camcorder to handheld computer.
E.is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing - wordy


Even though claims to be is the correct idiom, the errors in (A) and (B) are so conspicuous, that I will refrain from picking them as answer choices.
Besides, there is nothing wrong in using "The electronics company has unveiled what it claims is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder"
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A sounds okay. It is too verbose and grammatically not the most correct but looks better than the rest.
For me, A it is.

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OA is D :)
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claim(s) to be >>>> correct idiom. So, A and B left.

I am not clear on the usage of WHICH in B as it is modifying EARTH. Even if you remove the non-essential part from B, which is as long as a handheld computer,, the participle weighing modifies WORLD, which is still awkward placement.

Can someone explain on this usage?
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claim(s) to be >>>> correct idiom. So, A and B left.

I am not clear on the usage of WHICH in B as it is modifying EARTH. Even if you remove the non-essential part from B, which is as long as a handheld computer,, the participle weighing modifies WORLD, which is still awkward placement.

Can someone explain on this usage?


OA is D,
Check out this link:

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/use ... t1766.html

Answer b and a can not be OA, because in that choice we have two problems. First of all,
to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs

it is very ambigious, it could equally refer to computer and camcorder.

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

In B, which is incorrectly modifying world, and weighting incorrectly is modifying computer
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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.



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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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 got the answer in about 30 seconds. D.

So, scan the ends, and go through the choices shortest to longest.

Start with D:

the which properly refers to camcorder, and if you ellipse which with is and weighs, it is correct. D has no grammatical flaws, and is short and concise, let's hold onto it.

E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing
E: correct-- but 'length of which' is a bit wordy. D does the same thing but is shorter and more concise.

C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
WRONG-- which refers to WORLD. Completely wrong.

B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
WRONG-- same thing, WHICH refers to WORLD.

A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, and it weighs
It works, but D is more concise.


Hence the answer is D.



I have read that 'which' usage is correct if there is prepositional phrase and it still refers to noun before prepositional phrase... So doesnt which still refer to camcoder since 'in the world' is a prepositional phrase?

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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.


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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D. though claims to be is the correct idiom

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agree with D .. but marked A initially
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When something is the smallest or largest, etc., then there can be only one such thing/object in the world and hence we need to use 'claim...is' but not 'claim to be'. With that we are left with C, D & E but C is also eliminated becaz of the wrong usage of 'which' after the word 'world'.

In E, the last part of the sentence does not go well with the rest and hence D is the correct.
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good question ..only D is correct !!
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IMO D.........


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OA: D

My question is what's wrong with option B
I know the issue is claim +' to be ' is wrong here, so replacing it by IS it will be

B. [color=#ec008c]to be is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing[/color]

Now is this sentence correct;

weighing is refering back to subject 'WHICH' -- which actually is 'digital camcorder'

what wrong in the above structure? can two modifiers follow one after another
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My question is what's wrong with option B
I know the issue is claim +' to be ' is wrong here, so replacing it by IS it will be

B. [color=#ec008c]to be is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing[/color]

Now is this sentence correct;

weighing is refering back to subject 'WHICH' -- which actually is 'digital camcorder'

what wrong in the above structure? can two modifiers follow one after another


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The GMAT generally tries to avoid 'stacking' modifiers one after another, but the key issue in option B is with the word 'which'. On the GMAT, 'which' is a noun modifier and it must modify the noun it's 'touching' - in this case the noun would be world. The 'which' phrase in option B is clearly not meant to modify the world, so this option is illogical and incorrect.

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The GMAT generally tries to avoid 'stacking' modifiers one after another, but the key issue in option B is with the word 'which'. On the GMAT, 'which' is a noun modifier and it must modify the noun it's 'touching' - in this case the noun would be world. The 'which' phrase in option B is clearly not meant to modify the world, so this option is illogical and incorrect.

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Thanks for your reply .
But 'in the world' just modifying which can't be placed anywhere else in the same sentence. I think there are so many problems where the touching rule is violated if there is something essential before the modifier.

please correct me if wrong..
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The GMAT is strict about it's treatment of 'which'. 'Which' will modify the noun it touches. In your example, the phrase 'in the world' can't be effectively moved as-is, but you can change the phrase and retain the same meaning with 'the world's smallest' - the phrase used in options A, D, and E.

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Hi sujit2k,

This is in response to your PM.

Well, there are many official questions in which the noun modifiers do not follow "touch" rule. Here are a few examples:

1. Although she had been known as an effective legislator first in the Texas Senate and later in the United States House of Representatives, Barbara Jordan did not become a nationally recognized figure until 1974, when she participated in the hearings on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, which were televised nationwide.

2. What scientists know about dinosaur brains comes from studies of the cranium, the bony house of the brain located in the back of the skull.

3. Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber her letters to anyone else.

Now let's look at Choice B of this question at hand:

B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing: In my opinion, there is no issue with the reference of "which" because logically it should refer to "the smallest network digital camcorder". But yes, this choice is incorrect for the use of "to be".

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