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New post 18 Feb 2017, 10:30
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.

Issues: Idiom | Pronoun reference

(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be
- "Consumers" can lead to ambiguity with the pronoun "them" used in non-underlined part of the sentence.
- "to be" is incorrect idiom


(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being
- ".. products being hazardous substances... " is incorrect

(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being
- "their" does not agree with "a consumer"
- ".. products being hazardous substances... " is incorrect


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

(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as
- Pales in comparison of a better option (D)

The pronoun ambiguity issue might be debatable here as an argument can be made that the usage makes the antecedent obvious and we do not need to think about "consumers" vs "consumer" to resolve this issue. I will appreciate if someone can provide more clarification on this.
I think choice (D) makes it very clear and leaves no room for confusion, making if more preferable over an option using "consumers".

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New post 04 Apr 2017, 23:53
I completely second this.

While grammatically there can be two("customers" and "household cleaning products") antecedents, logically, only one(household cleaning products) makes sense. Hence, no ambiguity.

So E has no ambiguity. D wins because D's construction is cleaner, crisper, and more direct than E's.

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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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The correct idiom is 'think of A as B'

Answer choices D & E use 'as' but E is too wordy.
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D is the best choice... 'as' is used correctly instead of to be and also A consumer clarifies that the latter mentions of 'them' and 'they' refer to cleaning products not consumers

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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


I chose "A consumer" so that there would be no confusion with "Them" in the later part.

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I agree with idiom 'think of x as y' but, MGMAT says 'as' must follow a clause.

should i not apply MGMAT concept for idioms ?

i am confused , pls help

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I agree with idiom 'think of x as y' but, MGMAT says 'as' must follow a clause.

should i not apply MGMAT concept for idioms ?

i am confused , pls help


Here, 'as' is used as a preposition. It's describing a characteristic of the 'household cleaning products'.
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rishabhdxt wrote:
I agree with idiom 'think of x as y' but, MGMAT says 'as' must follow a clause.

should i not apply MGMAT concept for idioms ?

i am confused , pls help



Hello rishabhdxt,

I will be glad to help you out with this one. :-)

As is followed by a clause when it is used to present comparison. For example:

As baristas do, my mother makes some amazing gourmet coffee.

However, in this official sentence, as has not been used to present any comparison.

The sentence simply says that consumers may not think of household cleaning products as hazardous substances.

It is like saying: Stars appear as glittering diamonds in the sky.

Since as has nor been used to present comparison, it is correctly followed by a noun entity and not a clause.

For more details on correct usages of as, you can review our article named As Vs Like: Correct and Incorrect usages in the following link:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/as-vs-like-correct-and-incorrect-usages-133950.html


Hope this helps. :-)
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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.


Hi sayantanc2k,

i am not able to understand that how can "them" refer to the consumers. does it not clear from the context that it is referring to "Products". Because only these products can be harmful to health. how can a consumer be harmful to health ?
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I am not very sure but if option D was not there, then A would be the best option. Pronoun error is not the main issue here because if we replace them and they with consumers, the sentence will make no logical sense.

But as option D is there, then D>A.
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