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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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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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This question doesn’t test a terribly difficult set of concepts, but I still see a lot of errors on it, mostly because people tend to miss the pronouns “them” and “they” in the non-underlined portion. If you catch those right away, it’s a little bit easier to get to the right answer efficiently, as we discussed in this YouTube video.

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

The idiom is one problem with (A): the correct idiom is “think of X as”, not “think of X to be.”

But let’s suppose that you don’t know that. After all, there are somewhere around 25,000 idioms in English; you don’t plan to memorize all of them, right?

Even if the idiom escapes you, the GMAT still gives you a decent reason to eliminate (A): the pronouns “they” and “them” are ambiguous, because both “consumers” and “household cleaning products” are plural. And you could argue that because “many of them” is the subject of the 2nd clause of the sentence, it most likely refers back to the subject of the 1st clause (“consumers”), and that would make the sentence illogical: “many of [the consumers] can be harmful to health…” (For more on the nuances of this particular type of pronoun issue, check out this video, and we also discussed this specific question in a more recent video.)

To be fair, this is tricky stuff, and I’m not 100% certain that the pronouns are WRONG in (A). After all, pronoun ambiguity isn’t an absolute rule on the GMAT (more on that in the same pronoun video mentioned above).

So if you aren’t sure about the idiom and wanted to be conservative, you could keep (A). But as we’ll see in a moment, there are answer choices that fix the pronoun issue completely.

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

I definitely can’t come up with any reason why we would say “think of X being…” I can’t even figure out what “being” is trying to do in that sentence, to be honest.

Plus, the pronoun issue mentioned in (A) is still a problem. See the explanation for (A) if you want more rambling (and resources) about the pronouns.

Anyway, (B) is out.
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(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being

This one is the easiest to eliminate. Sure, the word “being” doesn’t really make any sense in here (see the explanation for (B) for more on this), but the bigger issue is that “their” has no referent, since “a consumer” is singular.

So (C) is definitely out.

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

OK, so (D) very nicely cleans up the pronoun issue we described in answer choice (A). Because “a consumer” is now singular, “many of them” and “their” (in the non-underlined portion) MUST refer back to the only remaining plural noun, “household cleaning products.” And that makes perfect sense: it’s the “household cleaning products” that are hazardous to health, not the consumers.

So we can keep (D).

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(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as

The biggest problem with (E) is that it’s a passive version of (D). Passive voice isn’t automatically WRONG on the GMAT, but you need to have a really, really good reason to use it. Consider the following two sentences:

  • Charlie ate three kilograms of dosas. → Active voice, since the grammatical subject of the sentence (Charlie) actually “performs” the action (“ate”).
  • Three kilograms of dosas were eaten by Charlie. → Passive voice, since the main action of the sentence (eating) is performed by a noun (Charlie) which is no longer the subject of the sentence.

Again, the second version isn’t WRONG, but it’s a silly and inefficient way to write that particular sentence.

The same is true of (E): why say “household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as…” when we could just start the sentence with a nice, clean subject and verb (“Consumers may not think of household cleaning products…”), like the version in (D)?

(D) is better than (E), so it’s our winner.
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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

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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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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A. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be – 'think of to be' is wrong idiom
B. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being – ‘think of being’ – wrong idiom

C. A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being – ‘A consumer’—‘their’ – Subject -pronoun number disagreement.
D. A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as -- ‘think of as’ correct idiom; correct choice
E. Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as – passive voice –; What reference will the pronoun ‘them’ take? - Incorrect choice
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. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be. THINK OF X AS Y IS THE IDIOM
B. Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being. LIKE A+ BEING NOT IN PROPER USE AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A RUN-ON SENTENCE.
C. A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being CONSUMER+THEIR/PLURAL SINGULAR+ BEING
D. A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as THINK OF X AS Y IT'S THECORRECT IDIOM+ A CONSUMER IN SINGULAR NEGATES THE DOUBLE MEANING OF "MANY OF THEM"
E. Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as -PASSIVE+ I THINK THAT THE PASSIVE 1ST SENTENCE WITH THE 2ND ACTIVE IS NOT PARLLEL.
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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



My doubt is whether using "A consumer" instead of "consumers" changes the meaning?
the original sentence says consumers which implies porbably more than one consumer.

where as the OA has A consumer.
Can anyone clarify this doubt?
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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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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.


1. GMAT ASPIRANTS......... may think of AWA as a frivolous section.
2. A gmat aspirant........... may think of AWA as a frivlous section.

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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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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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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 ?

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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



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:
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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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The main giveaway here is idiom THINK AS..
Only D uses it correctly...

Let's see the choices..

(A) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products to be
'think to be ' is wrong... Also consumers can be wrongly related to pronoun they

(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being
same as A above.. think being is wrong

(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being
think being is wrong.... Pronoun error- consumer referred by 'their'

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

(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as
Passive voice not required... Awkward construction

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Option a - Pronoun ambiguity error (does them refer to hazardous substances or cleaning products ?)
Option b - being is wrong
Option c - A consumer ... their ... -> wrong
Option e - wordy and passive

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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


As must be followed by clause not by noun. Then how Option D is correct??
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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 A as B is the correct idiom
(B) Consumers may not think of household cleaning products being :usage of being is wrong

(C) A consumer may not think of their household cleaning products being: usage of being is wrong

(D) A consumer may not think of household cleaning products as : correct idiom :think of A as B

(E) Household cleaning products may not be thought of, by consumers, as : corrects the idiom issue but is very wordy (passive construction ruins more)

D : correct
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