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# Thought to be vs Thought of as

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01 Jul 2004, 09:56
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I am so puzzled with this question

The tissues of the human body are constantly moistened by a briny
solution thought <to be of about the same salinity as the primoridal
sea from which> life emerged.

(A)to be of about the same salinity as the primoridal sea from which
(B)of as about the same salinity like the primordial sea outof which
(C)to be about the same salinity as the primoridal sea from where
(D)of as about the same salinity as the primordial sea from where
(E)to be of about the same salinity like the primordial sea from which

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01 Jul 2004, 10:03
FA is D

"thought to be" indicates that it is currently something different - where as "thought of as" indicates that there is a analogy that is going to follow (I am not a guru...so I can be with you afife76)

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01 Jul 2004, 10:04
2 min here. I believe it's A and will explain if it's right
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01 Jul 2004, 12:39
D my FA.

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01 Jul 2004, 12:50
Vithal,could you plz tell where you got this info about the differences?

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Re: Thought to be vs Thought of as [#permalink]

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01 Jul 2004, 12:56
afife76 wrote:
I am so puzzled with this question

The tissues of the human body are constantly moistened by a briny
solution thought <to be of about the same salinity as the primoridal
sea from which> life emerged.

(A)to be of about the same salinity as the primoridal sea from which
(B)of as about the same salinity like the primordial sea outof which
(C)to be about the same salinity as the primoridal sea from where
(D)of as about the same salinity as the primordial sea from where
(E)to be of about the same salinity like the primordial sea from which

Thank you.

I think it's A.

Issues here: solution of the same salinity as the sea - idiom 'same as'

B & E are out - both use 'same... like' which is unidiomatic

C - wrong - 2 issues

(C) to be [1. of] about the same salinity as the primoridal sea (2)from where

(1) 'of' is missing and somehow I feel it's necessary to convey the correct meaning

(2) 'from where' - should indicate a place - in this case it does not, as the 'primoridal sea' is not a place, but rather a theory about a substance from which life emerged

D - wrong, same as #2 above
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01 Jul 2004, 13:34
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That is what I think. I was not sure, and that's the reason I depend on the gurus for the correct answer/explanation

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01 Jul 2004, 13:39
OA is A.

SmashingGrace, great explanation!

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01 Jul 2004, 13:40
I Vote for A.
Concur with Grace on The explanations.

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01 Jul 2004, 13:42
I am confused here, help is appreciated...

Primordial sea is not a substance, it is not a specific place, agreed, but its not a substance

Primordial means that it belongs to the earliest stages of development.

So primordial sea, is when the sea was in its earliest stages of development. but the adjective is not too important I think, the noun is the sea, and "where" should be correct.

I am still trying to understand which one to use

Which

Where

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01 Jul 2004, 13:46
Nice explanation smashing! Just to add:
"of the same... as" means it's made up of the same kind as something else --> we are here talking about the body and the primordial sea which are made up of the same salinity

"the same...as" compares similarity between two objects.
Ex: the same pen as I used for the exam. --> the same as the one I used for the exam
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