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Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed, for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath
B. for his famous water-torture cell trick, he has the ability to hold his breath
C. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability of him holding his breath
D. for his famous water-torture cell trick, to be able to hold his breath
E. for his famous water-torture cell trick, being able to hold his breath

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According to Manhattan Gmat - Sentence correction - idiom

CLAIM

Right:
Claim that.........
Claim to be able to.............

Suspect:
Claim the Ability to..........
Claim X can do......

Wrong
Claim being able............

So D is correct.
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In the sentence the part enclosed in commas you can ignore that part temporarily first.
And see like this -
Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed,the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

Claim is Command Subjunctive usage such as Mandate or requested.

Claim needs either a that or to be, to link it with the dependent clause 'the ability to hold his breath for ....'.

Hence you should analyse with respect to the verb Claim here. Also the verb 'able' should be in its Base form and not the ability (noun) form.
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claimed, to be able ...... makes a lot of sense.

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it has to be D : to be able to hold his breath
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"claime to be" is the correct idiom, and only D has it.

IMO D
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Turn-of- the century magician Harry claimed, for his famous water torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. the ability to hold his breath
B. he has the ability of holding his breath
C. the ability of him holding his breath
D. to be able to hold his breath
E. being able to hold his breath

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IMO D
A - wrong meaning claimed....the ability...
B - wrong idiom - ability of holding....
C - same as B
E - use of being is not a preferred option and is wordy

Hope this helps. Anyone has any better explanation please do share
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IMO D....to be able to hold his breath
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"claim to" correct idiom so D
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hi. I have a doubt. Would claimed not require a "that" after it.. As in the magician claimed that??
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hi. I have a doubt. Would claimed not require a "that" after it.. As in the magician claimed that??

Even i have the same doubt.
Also im confused between

Ability to do sth &
able to do sth

which of them is correct and in what scenerios?

I believe ability of doing sth is wrong.

Please clairfy :(
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Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed, for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath
B. for his famous water-torture cell trick, he has the ability to hold his breath
C. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability of him holding his breath
D. for his famous water-torture cell trick, to be able to hold his breath
E. for his famous water-torture cell trick, being able to hold his breath


I would prefer able over the ability. and choice D seems to have no error. correct.
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Hi everyone,

Can somebody explain to me the structure of this sentence? What is the main clause, etc?
I am confused about the construction of a dependent clause.

"He finally finished his novel, after months of research." -> here do we have a dependent clause? or "after months of research" is not a clause because it doesn't have a subject?

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Hi everyone,

Can somebody explain to me the structure of this sentence? What is the main clause, etc?
I am confused about the construction of a dependent clause.

"He finally finished his novel, after months of research." -> here do we have a dependent clause? or "after months of research" is not a clause because it doesn't have a subject?

Thank you!


The basic structure of the sentence is as follows:
Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed to be able to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

Subject: Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini
Verb: claimed
Object: to be able to hold his breath for more than three minutes (nominal infinitive phrase)

Now add an adverbial phrase (NOT a dependent clause) "for his famous water-torture cell trick" to say something more about the verb "claim".... for what did he claim?

Thus the sentence becomes:

Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed, for his famous water-torture cell trick, to be able to hold his breath for more than three minutes. (option D)
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Wow I think I wrote the question in the wrong place :|

Thank you for the time, I will try to figure out what I wanted to ask and where! Sorry! :X
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Straight D - Correct usage is "Claimed to be"
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This helped me understand the correct usage of

X claims to be Y and X claims Z is Y.

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.
The company unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camcorder.

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Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed, for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath
B. for his famous water-torture cell trick, he has the ability to hold his breath
C. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability of him holding his breath
D. for his famous water-torture cell trick, to be able to hold his breath
E. for his famous water-torture cell trick, being able to hold his breath

let me try
choice A
what abilty, it is unclear. he claime her father's ability. A is gone
choice C
ability of him is wrong. his ability is correct. C is gone
choice E
claim doing is wrong. claim to do is correct. E is gone
how about B. I think B is correct but wordy.

C is left.
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Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed, for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath
B. for his famous water-torture cell trick, he has the ability to hold his breath
C. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability of him holding his breath
D. for his famous water-torture cell trick, to be able to hold his breath
E. for his famous water-torture cell trick, being able to hold his breath


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I can understand why D is correct but What is wrong with B??
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yvonne0923 wrote:
Turn-of-the-century magician Harry Houdini claimed, for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath for more than three minutes.

A. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability to hold his breath
B. for his famous water-torture cell trick, he has the ability to hold his breath
C. for his famous water-torture cell trick, the ability of him holding his breath
D. for his famous water-torture cell trick, to be able to hold his breath
E. for his famous water-torture cell trick, being able to hold his breath


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I can understand why D is correct but What is wrong with B??



claimed can be used in different ways:

claimed + that
... claimed that he had the ability ...

claimed + to infinitive
... claimed to be able to ...

claimed with quotes
"I have the ...", claimed Houdini

Option (B) is not correct and needs to be put into one of these forms.
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