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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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@maybeam: The use of 'a consumer' is generic and does not refer to one consumer but to all consumers. Therefore, the difference between 'consumers' and 'consumer' is moot. The correct idiom is 'think AS.' Just like that we can home in on answer choice (D).

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Hi Chris,
Here's how I eliminated the choices as I wasn't sure about the idiom: Think of X AS Y

(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be

them and they in the 2nd part may refer to consumers or products

(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being

them and they in the 2nd part may refer to consumers or products

(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being

their is the wrong pronoun to refer to consumer

(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as

them and they can only refer to products now so correct
(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as

them and they in the 2nd part may refer to consumers or products


Please let me know if my reasoning is correct.
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How only in (D) them and they are correctly referred to products. Is there any pronoun rule of reference ?

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Think of X as Y: Correct idiom

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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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Correct Idiom
Think of X as Y
Only D uses it correctly
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jUST not able to buy D as an answer choice. E is correct. There should be some solid reason to not choose E

Also, Think of the sentence as X but Y. Doesn't E fit better here.
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jUST not able to buy D as an answer choice. E is correct. There should be some solid reason to not choose E

Also, Think of the sentence as X but Y. Doesn't E fit better here.


You are right in that passive voice construction is not a solid basis for eliminating an answer. However please note that the pronoun "them" in the non-underlined part may refer to two different antecedents, consumers or cleaning products. Option E is wrong because of pronoun ambiguity, not because of passive construction. Hope this explanation helps.

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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
think of X as Y is the correct idiom.

(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 (Passive and awkwardyly written)
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We're making a comparison here, so 'as' is better than 'being'

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You are right in that passive voice construction is not a solid basis for eliminating an answer. However please note that the pronoun "them" in the non-underlined part may refer to two different antecedents, consumers or cleaning products. Option E is wrong because of pronoun ambiguity, not because of passive construction. Hope this explanation helps.


Honestly, I don't think that there is any sort of pronoun ambiguity here. Per the rule, as long as you can locate a logical antecedent, you're good. It is obvious that 'consumers' cannot be harmful to health, making 'household cleaning products' as the antecedent.

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Split1) Idiom. "think of x as y". A, B, C are out.

Split2) Indirect/Passive vs Direct/Clear language used is preferred by the gmat. E is out.

Split3) It is my view that since the second and third part of the sentence is referring to "them" and "they", that the first part of the sentence must make a distinction between singular and plural. This way, there is confusion about what "they" and "them" is referring to. A, B and E are out.

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IMO E is wrong because "by consumers" is in a nonessential phrase. The logic of the verbal phrase "thought of" requires a subject who did the thinking. The last answer choice baits you into thinking its fine. However you'll find that this sort of logic is wrong and often tested in OG questions.

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