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25 Nov 2014, 09:13
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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, which is as long as a handheld cmoputer and 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 smalles network digital camcorder, the lenght of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing

kinjiGC is correct; There has to be something missing from answer choice C. Choice C does not have anything wrong with it, and I actually prefer it over answer choice D. If something is "the smallest network digital camcorder", it is implied that the thing is "the world's smallest". Saying that the thing is "the world's smallest" is actually redundant. However, if the answer choice is missing "in the world", that phrase makes the answer choice wrong because which would be referring to "the world". Please update the answer choice or merge this post.

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04 Dec 2014, 16:44
I KNEW IT WAS D. But why couldn't I get passed the "Claims IS" shouldn't idioms trump it all. Ex. Claims to be.. Not only, But also etc.

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01 Jan 2015, 15:09
Why: "The electronics company has unveiled what it claims is (...)" instead of "The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be (...)"?

"is" is the verb of which subject? The structure with "is" is just bizarre:
[noun] [verb] [object] [verb] = [The electronics company] [has unveiled] [what it claims] [is]
This looks incredibly wrong. Can some expert explain?

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01 Jan 2015, 22:29
Split the sentence:

The electronics company has unveiled something.

It (the company) claims that this "something" IS (not "to be") the world's smallest blah-blah.

"Is" is the verb of the subject "what"/something.

Replace "what" with "some thing/a device that" and the structure will become clear...
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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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Hi,

IMO D.

Since the "which" should refer to the camcorder and not thw world, B and C are out.

A and E are wordy and inappropraite usage of "which".

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27 May 2015, 10:02
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 wordy
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld
computer, weighing "which" does not modify the camcorder
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld
computer, and it weighs which does not modify the camcorder
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"the length of which is that of" is awkward and wordy
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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.

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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.
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29 Jul 2015, 08:19
I still don't get the rule. Could someone please explain when to use "claim to be" and when to use "claim is"?
I am pretty sure I have heard sentences like "She claims to be the king's daughter", and cannot understand on what context it becomes "claims is the king's daughter".

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I still don't get the rule. Could someone please explain when to use "claim to be" and when to use "claim is"?
I am pretty sure I have heard sentences like "She claims to be the king's daughter", and cannot understand on what context it becomes "claims is the king's daughter".

The answer lies how confident the company is about the claim; if the company feels very confident, then it can forthrightly declare that ‘it claims is’. On the contrary, if it is a little hesitant, then it might say that ‘it claims to be’; however both expressions are correct in their own right. Only thing, in the current context, ‘claims is’ more appropriate since the company is quite candid in its claim.
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29 Jul 2015, 11:07
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I still don't get the rule. Could someone please explain when to use "claim to be" and when to use "claim is"?
I am pretty sure I have heard sentences like "She claims to be the king's daughter", and cannot understand on what context it becomes "claims is the king's daughter".

I don't think there is any difference here in terms of meaning. Or, more accurately, I'm not aware of any such difference. This is going to come down to structure. If (the verb) claim is "important" (I use the term loosely), don't put another verb close to it. If it isn't (again) "important", ensure that you pick an option with a finite verb.

She claims to be the king's daughter. [important, can follow up with to be]
She claims to be is the king's daughter.

She claims (that) she is the king's daughter. [not important to the "second" clause, can follow up with is, to go with she]
She claims to be she is the king's daughter.

She is the one who he claims is the king's daughter. [not important to the clause introduced by who, put the verb is]
She is the one who he claims to be the king's daughter.

She is not what she claims to be.
[important, can follow up with to be]
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Note that when you invert the sentence, you get:
The company claims that "something" IS the world's smallest camcorder.

There are two clauses: "the company claims" and "something is". If you replace "something is" with "something to be", the second portion is no longer a clause.

Your sentence, "She claims to be the king's daughter" is correct; however, note that in your sentence there is no NOUN after "claims". You cannot have a sentence like this: "She claims (that) something to be the king's daughter." (Such a sentence would imply that she (not "something") wanted to be the king's daughter and so she claimed something.) The sentence in the question (Option A) has the latter structure.

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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.

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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.

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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Can anybody let me know as to why 'claims to be' shouldn't be used.? Is it because 'claim' is a reporting verb.?

Although "claims to be" is a valid idomatic usage, in this case the usage is not correct.

He claims to be able to predict future.
I claim to be innocent.

"Able" / "innocent" is what he is claiming to be. The claim "being able" / "being innocent" refers to back to himself.

In the subject question, the "the world’s smallest network digital camcorder" does not refer back to the entity who claims it, i.e. "the electronics company". Such usage is incorrect.

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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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A. to be the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that (length) of a handheld computer, and it weighs. It must say that the length of which is equal to the length of handheld computer.
B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing 'which' refers to 'world'
C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs 'which' refers to 'world'
D. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, which is as long as a handheld computer and weighs 'which' correctly modifies 'camcorder'
E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing It must say that the length of which is equal to the length of handheld 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.
(IM: the Elec Co. has unveiled a network digi cam corder, and claims this product to be the smallest in the world with length of a handheld comp and weight 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- refers company, it claims to be smallest, against the IM above )

B. to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing
(like A- so eliminate. )

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 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

1. Claims to be - Wrong as mentioned by sayantanc2k in the post above.
2. the length of which is that of - Wordy. Can be concisely edited to - which is as long as...

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

1. Claims to be - Wrong as mentioned by sayantanc2k in the post above.
2. , which - Correctly Modifying - digital camcorder -> to be the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as - because in the world is a participle phrase hence , which can jump over it.
3. weighing - Wrongly modifying the world -> the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, weighing - which is a non-essential modifier and removing it brings weighing next to the world and participles modify the nouns they touch.

C. is the smallest network digital camcorder in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer, and it weighs
it - Pronoun Ambiguity. it could refer to network digital camcorder or the world and maybe to handheld computer as well. (I am not sure about handheld computer)

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

E. is the world’s smallest network digital camcorder, the length of which is that of a handheld computer, weighing
the length of which is that of - Wordy - Can be concisely edited to - which is as long as...
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OA is D. However, what's wrong with "weighing" in option E?

in a structure like above (Sub + Verb, Verb-ing modifier) where sub + verb is the clause "the length of which is ..."
the verb-ing modifier "weighing" can do two things
1. either modifies the previous clause and associate with the subject of the clause,
2. or provides the result of the previous clause ...

So, in option E..weighing does neither of the job ...
if we consider case - 1, then weighing refers to "the length" which is non-sensical or
& in case-2, the meaning comes out as "the length of ... and thus it weighs ..." which again does NOT make sense...

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