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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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gmataspirant2009 wrote:
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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12 Oct 2010, 19:05
Can someone help. What does them and they refer to?
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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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16 Oct 2010, 00:45
IDIOM, think of X as Y
think of x to be Y is wrong.
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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

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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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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07 May 2011, 22:42
+1 D

E is tempting but it is wordy and a little confusing in relation to the pronoun "them".
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19 Mar 2012, 21:01
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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19 Mar 2012, 23:21
D.

E can be ruled out for it's unnecessary use of passive voice.
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20 Mar 2012, 13:11
E is very close but passive voice

D on other hand is the best option
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22 Aug 2012, 06:06
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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2. A gmat aspirant........... may think of AWA as a frivlous section.

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D.

Think of X as Y: Correct idiom
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05 Apr 2014, 03:39
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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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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Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as hazardous substances, but many of them can be harmful to health, especially if they are used improperly.
(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as

I know passive voice is wordy and awkward. But since "them" (refers to household cleaning products) is the subject of the subordinate clause, it is better if the subject of the main clause is the same?
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