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Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health, especially if they are used improperly.
(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being
(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2009, 22:10
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221. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health, especially if they are used improperly.
(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being
(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as

D for me too.

B, C out >> being
E out >>passive

A and D >> A is out because usage of 'consumers' (plural) will make "them" ambiguous.
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 18:05
Can someone help. What does them and they refer to?
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 06:54
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A) think of to be – wrong idiom
(B) think of being- GMAT- untouchable being
(C) A consumer think of - their……. being GMAT untouchable being + A consume … their – wrong subject-pronoun agreement
(D) think of as correct
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as - avoidable passive voice
D is the correct choice
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Them and they clearly refer to the household cleaning products, both by logic and by proximity. Do not ever entertain thoughts that these words may refer to consumers. More importantly what is the unnecessary concern about what is not underlined and what is not tested?

This is simply a test of idiom
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Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health, especially if they are used improperly.

(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be = I try to avoid the verb "to be". I use "to be" and "being" ONLY when no other choice is left.
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being = same as above
(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being = "being" incorrect use
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as = "as" clause correctly connects the two independent clauses.
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as = awkward sentence construction

Also, changing the subject from plural to singular does not change the meaning of the sentence.
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 23:45
IDIOM, think of X as Y
think of x to be Y is wrong.
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2011, 10:22
221. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health, especially if they are used improperly.
(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being
(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as

The correct answer is D.
A- The use of to be is wrong.
B&C - The use of being is wrong.
E - The sentence becomes wordy adn awkward.
D- The best answer.
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 07 May 2011, 21:36
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221. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health, especially if they are used improperly.
(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be => apart from idiom think of x as y , pronoun is ambiguous "They" "Them"
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being => Same as A
(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being => Pronoun issue fixed but wrong idiom
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as => Both fixed; A Consumer is singular
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as => Passive voice less preferred than active voice


Overall this is good question. As above mentioned D is correct
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Re: Consumers may not think of household [#permalink] New post 07 May 2011, 21:42
+1 D

E is tempting but it is wordy and a little confusing in relation to the pronoun "them".
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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 20:01
I chose the answer D:

Although the official answer guide states that the idiom is an important concept, there are other reasons to eliminate answers.

A. "To be" is wordy. Also, the use of "them" in the non-underlined portion of the sentence can refer to either consumers or household cleaning products. Since we cannot change the use of the pronoun "them," we must find a better way to construct the sentence so that it is unambiguous.

B. Again, "them" could refer to either consumers or household cleaning products. This problem is not resolved using this answer choice. Also, the word "being" is wordy and is rarely the correct answer choice on the GMAT.

C. Although, the problem with the pronoun "them" has been solved, the introduction of the pronoun "their" is incorrect. The reason is because it has no antecedent - it incorrectly refers to "consumer" which is singular. Also, "being" is wordy.

D. This answer choice removes the problem with the pronoun "them," and expresses the meaning clearly.

E. Although there aren't any really grammatical errors with this answer choice, the use of passive voice is wordy. If this answer choice was in the active voice, it would be a more appropriate answer.
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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 22:21
D.

E can be ruled out for it's unnecessary use of passive voice.
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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 12:11
E is very close but passive voice

D on other hand is the best option
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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 05:06
If the choices were,

- Consumers may not think of household cleaning products as
- A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as

which one would win?

Just ignore the remaining part of the sentence. The main point I'm trying to assess
is whether a singular or plural noun should be used to talk about a general fact.
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If the choices were,

- Consumers may not think of household cleaning products as
- A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as

which one would win?

Just ignore the remaining part of the sentence. The main point I'm trying to assess
is whether a singular or plural noun should be used to talk about a general fact.


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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2013, 06:20
D.

Think of X as Y: Correct idiom
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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2014, 02:39
I chose (E) over (D) since the conflict between 'A consumer' and 'Consumers'.

Can any expert verify the fact that we can use SINGULAR and PLURAL interchangeably.

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Re: Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2014, 21:30
In this sentence, changing plural to singular does not change the meaning of the statement. Also, changing "consumers" to singular eliminates the confusion over what "they" in the sentence refers to.
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