3ds Max 2012 Shift Drag problems

I have been looking for help on this, maybe FP can help. Basically I want to shift drag some vertices to clone them, when I do I get a dialogue box asking if Iwant to clone to object or clone to element, if i click either option it doesnt work as far as I can see. Nothing new in any view port. The last 3ds max version I used was 2008 i think, about 3 years ago and that was the way I did it back then. Maybe something changed and i have to use a different method now?

If anybody can help me on this then please do.

Try cloning the polygons instead

Thanks, it didnt work but your theory did on clone edges