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As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their purchasing habits change as well.

A. As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their
B. As customers become more comfortable using computers, their
C. As a customer becomes more comfortable to use computers, his or her
D. As customers become more comfortable to use computers, their
E. As customers becoming more comfortable using computers, their
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As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their purchasing habits change as well.

A. As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their
B. As customers become more comfortable using computers, their
C. As a customer becomes more comfortable to use computers, his or her
D. As customers become more comfortable to use computers, their
E. As customers becoming more comfortable using computers, their


We can get to B using POE .
Just curious , shouldn't we have in using computers in B
you get comfortable in using computer ,but B says getting comfortable using computer !! well !!
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In the original sentence, the plural pronoun "their" refers to the singular noun "a customer." Hence, (A) is incorrect.

A vertical scan shows that all the choices except (C) end with "their," while (C) ends in the singular "his or her." (A) and (C) have singular subjects, while (B), (D), and (E) have plural subjects. Because the subject and pronoun agree in number in each choice except (A), which you've already eliminated, proceed to check each answer choice individually.

(B) keeps "their" but changes its antecedent to the plural "customers," so the noun and pronoun are now in agreement. (B) does not seem to introduce any other errors. Check the other choices to be sure this one is correct.

(C) and (D) can be eliminated because they incorrectly use the infinitive "to use." Eliminate (E) because it tries to use the gerund "becoming" as a main verb without a helping verb (e.g., "are becoming").

Only (B), the correct answer, has pronoun antecedent agreement and correct verb tenses.

TAKEAWAY: On the GMAT, pronouns must agree in number with their antecedents.
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As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their purchasing habits change as well.


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D. As customers become more comfortable to use computers, their


I do not see an issue with usage of infinitive: to use. In fact
I would prefer usage of infinitive vs verb-ing : using

How do I eliminate (B) with confidence?
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As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their purchasing habits change as well.


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D. As customers become more comfortable to use computers, their


I do not see an issue with usage of infinitive: to use. In fact
I would prefer usage of infinitive vs verb-ing : using

How do I eliminate (B) with confidence?



Hey adkikani :-) good question :-)

let me explain

D is incorrect because this option incorrectly uses infinitive. Why incorrectly?

Because, “to use” incorrectly modifies the noun “Customers” you need to use participle present which acts an adjective adding description to the noun “Customers”

For example you can`t say “A matter to require urgent assistance” instead one should say “ A matter requiring urgent assistance”

Experts including generis :) correct me please if my explanation is wrong :)

generis is my reasoning correct ? :)

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Originally posted by dave13 on 16 Sep 2018, 08:38.
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adkikani wrote:
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As a customer becomes more comfortable using computers, their purchasing habits change as well.


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D. As customers become more comfortable to use computers, their


I do not see an issue with usage of infinitive: to use. In fact
I would prefer usage of infinitive vs verb-ing : using

How do I eliminate (B) with confidence?



Hey adkikani :-) good question :-)

let me explain

D is incorrect because this option incorrectly uses infinitive. Why incorrectly?

Because, “to use” incorrectly modifies the noun “Customers” you need to use participle present which acts an adjective adding description to the noun “Customers”

For example you can`t say “A matter to require urgent assistance” instead one should say “ A matter requiring urgent assistance”

Experts correct me please if my explanation is wrong :)

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Hey Dave,
not sure if the issue is specific to using/ to use for the subject. even I am awaiting an expert reply for this question.
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Hey Dave,
not sure if the issue is specific to using/ to use for the subject. even I am awaiting an expert reply for this question.


hey globaldesi

lets be optimists :) say you are half sure that my explanation is correct :lol:
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Though I eliminated D the reason is not very clear...I thought B is better than D

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New post 14 Oct 2018, 12:39
Hii daagh

Can u provide an explanation to B and D choices
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New post 14 Oct 2018, 22:24
"using" seems awkward here in OA. Experts kindly advice why "using" is preferred to "to use" here.
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Can some expert please explain this?
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New post 09 Jun 2019, 04:13
Why -comfortable using - is correct phrase ?
Whats wrong in using - comfortable to use ?

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New post 09 Jun 2019, 19:49
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Why -comfortable using - is correct phrase ?
Whats wrong in using - comfortable to use ?
Comfortable to use is used like this:

1. This computer mouse is very comfortable to use.
2. I find this computer mouse very comfortable to use.

But we can't say something like:

3. I am very comfortable to use this mouse.

Similarly,

4. I am comfortable to take the GMAT tomorrow.
5. I am comfortable taking the GMAT tomorrow.

6. I feel comfortable to take the GMAT tomorrow.
7. I feel comfortable taking the GMAT tomorrow.
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