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1. Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving consider them vital economic development tools while critics denounce the tax breaks as corporate welfare that helps some localities but weakens the national economy.

• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving consider them vital economic development tools
• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving to be vital economic development tools
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving consider them vital economic development tools
• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving vital economic development tools
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving consider the tax breaks to be vital economic development tools
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21 Jul 2010, 03:40
nikhilfotedar wrote:
1. Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider them vital economic development tools
while critics denounce the tax breaks as corporate welfare that
helps some localities but weakens the national economy.
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider them vital economic development tools
• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
to be vital economic development tools
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider them vital economic development tools
• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
vital economic development tools
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider the tax breaks to be vital economic development tools

Confused between B and D.. Would go with D.
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21 Jul 2010, 03:43
According to the explanation Consider X TO BE Y is incorrect and hence D is the correct answer. But if you read carefully doesn't it seem kind of funny? Because it seems as if the vital economic tools are being moved. I know GMAT english is funny, but this seems plain wrong.
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21 Jul 2010, 04:15
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21 Jul 2010, 08:05
I would go with B not sure about D.

I support B because
Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
to be vital economic development tools

Consider X TO BE Y format.
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D it is.

consider X to be Y is no no in GMAT.

Supporters consider........while critics denounce......
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30 Jul 2010, 03:39
went with B ........not sure weather D is good ..
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A and C use 'them' two times to refer to two different nouns.
.. to prevent them [businesses] from moving consider them [tax breaks] vital economic development tools.

rule: a pronoun, if repeated, can refer to only one antecedent.
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04 Mar 2012, 20:21
A, C and E have pronoun errors and a distance verb error.
This narrows down the problem to B and D.

• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving to be vital economic development tools

I believe the reason why Consider to be is wrong in this case is not because Consider X to be Y is wrong general, but more specifically the meaning at hand. If you look at the sentence in the point above, would you say the author meant to say "MOVING --> to be vital economic development tools"? or "TAX BREAKS--> to be vital economic development tools". An ambiguity exists. This is why the idiom is wrong.
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06 Jul 2013, 07:18
i narrowed down choices based on meaning.
E mentions tax break is important when actually its d business that is important and vital economic tool.
other break is suppor is for business not tax break.
So left with D.
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06 Jul 2013, 21:46
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
A, C and E have pronoun errors and a distance verb error.
This narrows down the problem to B and D.

• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving to be vital economic development tools

I believe the reason why Consider to be is wrong in this case is not because Consider X to be Y is wrong general, but more specifically the meaning at hand. If you look at the sentence in the point above, would you say the author meant to say "MOVING --> to be vital economic development tools"? or "TAX BREAKS--> to be vital economic development tools". An ambiguity exists. This is why the idiom is wrong.

Even D looks wrong for the reason nikhilfotedar mentioned i.e Because it seems as if the vital economic tools are being moved.

Experts any reasons why this is right ?? or there should have been a none of these option
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28 Jun 2014, 07:46
nikhilfotedar wrote:
1. Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider them vital economic development tools
while critics denounce the tax breaks as corporate welfare that
helps some localities but weakens the national economy.
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider them vital economic development tools - Consider them (them refers to business here) we need it to refer to the tax breaks so wrong answer
• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
to be vital economic development tools Consider .... to be - Wrong Idiom
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider them vital economic development tools - Same as statement 1
• Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
vital economic development tools
• Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving
consider the tax breaks to be vital economic development tools - Wrong idiom (Correct idiom is "Consider X,Y")

Well i got the answer wrong at first but then looking properly here is my take on the question
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09 Jun 2015, 03:48
Hi,

Could some expert please shed some light on the answer. I went with E instead of D because D simply dint make any sense.

Firstly,
In option E:Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving consider the tax breaks to be vital economic development tools-Makes perfect sense.. while...critics denounce. In this option when the flab is cut it makes perfect sense. Also, consider here refers to the tax breaks to be vital....they are not contemplating.

Secondly,
In option D: Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving vital economic development tools..
Why will supporters consider tax breaks?unanswered.. also, who are supporters to consider tax breaks? They want it.. Consider here wrongly refers to the tax breaks as if supporters are considering to provide it.

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19 Jul 2015, 05:50
My 2 cents:

1: Supporters consider tax breaks vital economic development tools while critics denounce the tax breaks as corporate welfare...
2: X Consider Y , Z. Not Consider to be..
3: Incorrect options have different antecedent for pronoun them.

Option D, fixes above issues.
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16 Nov 2015, 23:20
JarvisR wrote:
My 2 cents:

1: Supporters consider tax breaks vital economic development tools while critics denounce the tax breaks as corporate welfare...
2: X Consider Y , Z. Not Consider to be..
3: Incorrect options have different antecedent for pronoun them.

Option D, fixes above issues.

I feel none of the options here are error-free.

Option E makes it seem that the Government is awarding businesses with "Supporters of Tax break"

While option D which is deemed as the OA here seems to suggest that the Businesses are being awarded Tax breaks to prevent them from moving vital economic development tools.

I feel a comma after MOVING would fix this issue in option D.

Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving , vital economic development tools while critics denounce the tax breaks as corporate welfare that helps some localities but weakens the national economy.

mikemcgarry Would really appreciate if you could weigh in on this Mike. What would be the safest option if faced with a similar situation on the actual test?
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04 Aug 2016, 23:32
Hey everyone,

Not able to understand as to how option 'D' is the right answer.? In option B, the conveyed meaning is that 'Supporters' consider tax breaks as vital economic tools while critics denounce the tax breaks. Whereas in Option 'D', there is no contrast between the opinions of supporters & critics.?
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05 Aug 2016, 04:03
I am not sure if my doubt is valid ...
In D sentence begins with just supporters....
However - "Supporters of tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year to prevent them from moving " ... Here supporters of XYZ specifically mentions the category of supporters...

So, according to me, Supporters in D would mean any general supporters (Of environment OR of Science OR of political party)
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06 Jul 2017, 06:58
Hi ,

I have doubt with Option D.

Original sentence says, supporters of Tax breaks while Option D says only Supporters... isnt it consider as change in meaning?

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06 Jul 2017, 07:36
Hi I initially struggled with question but now it is absolute clear the answer is D
X consider Y,Z is the correct idiom on the GMAT.
So let me just get on with the correct answer.
This is our correct answer choice.
Supporters consider tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year to prevent them from moving vital economic development tools

Omit the highlighted part the sentence should read as
Supporters consider tax breaks vital economic development tools.
The above sentence follows correct idiom X consider Y , Z.
Now lets analyse other options
Option A has pronoun error .
Option B has idiom error uses X consider to be Y.
Option C has pronoun error
Option E has idiom error uses X consider to be Y.
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06 Jul 2017, 07:39
Hi experts

I have a different doubt regarding this question.
Is the usage award to business wrong or is there any meaning difference between these two choices.
tax breaks that local governments award to businesses each year
tax breaks that local governments award businesses each year
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