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Shoppers may not think of autumn to be a good time to buy a swimsuit, but many clothing stores offer sales on summer items, especially on the previous year's designs.

A. Shoppers may not think of autumn to be

B. Shoppers may not think of autumn being

C. A shopper may not think of autumn being

D. A shopper may not think of autumn as

E. Autumn may not be thought of, by shoppers, as
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05 Nov 2010, 23:52
The correct idiom is - may not think of as - Between D and E with its passive voice is out of contnention; D is the choice
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I want to push this discussion to a more grammatical reason why E is wrong. Although passive voice is certainly not the preferred way to say something, passive voice is not necessarily wrong on the GMAT. The clear grammatical reason why E is wrong has to do specifically with the " ,by shoppers" part of the sentence.

First of all, by putting "the shoppers" in commas we are indicating that it is a subordinate clause and can thus be removed from the sentence without losing any meaning. "By shoppers" is actually a pretty important part of this sentence, however, because it contains the subject. As a result, I'd advise us to keep it out of the commas.

Second, and perhaps even more grounded in grammar, by putting the modifier "by shoppers" between "of" and "as", we are introducing a prepositional phrase into the middle of the idiom "thought of ______ as." As a result, the idiom breaks down.

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08 Jan 2011, 12:39
IMO D . Usage of Idiom - not think of X as
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13 Jan 2011, 02:20
IMO D....correct idiom usage is "think of x as" like "i think of u as a"
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13 Jan 2011, 02:34
Hi all,
first of all it is not a 700 level question.

Idiom: think of X as Y
E is passive, so D wins.
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"by shoppers" between "of" and "as", we are introducing a prepositional phrase into the middle of the idiom "thought of ______ as." As a result, the idiom breaks down.

the idiom breaks down , how do we know when idioms break down ? is there a general rule ?
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23 Aug 2011, 11:15
Pkit wrote:
Hi all,
first of all it is not a 700 level question.

Idiom: think of X as Y
E is passive, so D wins.

Pkit I agree with you I picked it in 15 seconds

do you give me some link on 700 level questions here on the board ??

thanks
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23 Aug 2011, 17:55
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Pkit wrote:
Hi all,
first of all it is not a 700 level question.

Idiom: think of X as Y
E is passive, so D wins.

Pkit I agree with you I picked it in 15 seconds

do you give me some link on 700 level questions here on the board ??

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25 Aug 2011, 23:54
Think of X as Y, hence D. E looks wordy!
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