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“Consider” this Popular GMAT Idiom

UPDATE: You can find this blog and others about idioms in our new GMAT Idiom eBook!

What is the proper way to use the word “consider”?  Considering that this very word may appear on the GMAT Sentence Correction, you should be prepared for its related idioms!


Idiom #1: consider + noun + noun

1) Many Magoosh users consider my friend Chris an authority on the GRE.

2) I consider Ted Williams the greatest baseball hitter of all times.

Both of those use this idiom correctly.  The structure of this idiom is

[subject] “considers” A B 

The noun A is the person or thing you are evaluating, and B is the rank or level or station or etc. to which you are assigning them.  In sentence #1:

A = my friend Chris

B = an authority on the GRE

In sentence #2

A = Ted Williams

B = the greatest baseball hitter of all times


Idiom #2: consider + noun + adjective

3) I consider Margarette very intelligent.

4) Many unfairly consider New York City unfriendly.

5) The analysts considered tech industry stocks unlikely to rise before the new year.

This idiom is similar to the first, and all three of those use this idiom correctly.  The structure of this idiom is

[subject] “considers” A B 

Again, the noun A is the person or thing you are evaluating, and B is the adjective, the quality, which the subject ascribes to A.   In sentence #3:

A = Margarette

B = very intelligent

In sentence #4:

A = New York City

B = unfriendly

In sentence #5:

A = tech industry stocks

B = unlikely to rise before the new year


Keep it simple

Notice, this is a very clean, simple idiom.  On the Sentence Correct, the GMAT loves to give incorrect version of the form:

All of those are wrong.  All of those may sound more “dignified”, more “formal”, than the simplicity of “someone considers A B”, but in this case, the simple answer is 100% correct, and all these variants with extra words always will be incorrect on the GMAT Sentence Correction.   Keep it simple!


About the Author

Mike McGarry is a Content Developer for Magoosh with over 20 years of teaching experience and a BS in Physics and an MA in Religion, both from Harvard. He enjoys hitting foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets. Follow him on Google+!

One Response to “Consider” this Popular GMAT Idiom

  1. vardhaman lodha February 5, 2015 at 4:00 am #

    Dear Mike,
    check out this gmatprep SC question which uses ‘cosider to be’ in the correct answer choice.Please help me out with this.Thanks :)

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