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Can somebody help me understand the correct use of idioms (boldfaced) in the following sentences. The sentences are taken from the gmatclub idioms test.

A. But both consider the problems as necessary inconveniences to feature their conferences and programs.
B. But both consider the problems to be necessary inconveniences to feature their conferences and programs.
C. But both consider the problems necessary inconveniences to feature their conferences and programs.

I have always thought that "considered as" is a correct use of the idiom e.g. "He is considered as the greatest king in history." is this use of the idiom "considered as" not correct. I am confused as to why C is the right answer.
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Can somebody help me understand the correct use of idioms (boldfaced) in the following sentences. The sentences are taken from the gmatclub idioms test.

A. But both consider the problems as necessary inconveniences to feature their conferences and programs.
B. But both consider the problems to be necessary inconveniences to feature their conferences and programs.
C. But both consider the problems necessary inconveniences to feature their conferences and programs.

I have always thought that "considered as" is a correct use of the idiom e.g. "He is considered as the greatest king in history." is this use of the idiom "considered as" not correct. I am confused as to why C is the right answer.


Hi pikachu,

Mostly in spoken English we use "consider as" and "consider to be", but is GMAT just "consider" is correct. Or

He is considered the most sporty person in the school. --> "considered as" and "considered to be" will be incorrect.

Considered as and considered to be are the same, so you can drop the "to be" part to make the sentence more concise without changing its meaning. The use of "to be" seems to be redundant while using "consider"

Though the use of "as" can be correct in some specific situations, but these are rare. It will be safe to use "Consider X Y" in almost all the cases in GMAT. Just make a note of this.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Need help with idioms   [#permalink] 03 Mar 2013, 22:46
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