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Since February, the Federal Reserve has raised its short-term interest rate target five times, and because of the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will be raised again in November.

A. because of the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will
B. with the economy’s strength continuing, analysts predicted for weeks that the target
C. because the economy continues strong, analysts predicted for weeks that the target would
D. due to the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target
E. due to the fact of the economy’s continued strength, analysts predicted for weeks that the target will
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2005, 09:43
OA is A ! i have a question why is "target be raised" in D) wrong ? i thought "predict that" is a suggestion and so its ok to use subjunctive mood, respectively the base form of the verb "be" !

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Re: sc - analysts [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2005, 12:08
christoph wrote:
Since February, the Federal Reserve has raised its short-term interest rate target five times, and because of the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will be raised again in November.

A. because of the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will
B. with the economy’s strength continuing, analysts predicted for weeks that the target
C. because the economy continues strong, analysts predicted for weeks that the target would
D. due to the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target
E. due to the fact of the economy’s continued strength, analysts predicted for weeks that the target will


I saw on several SC exercises, that "predict that" needs not to be followed by a subjunctive mood, if there is a fact supporting the prediction. "because of the economy’s continued strength" is the fact.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2005, 16:18
christoph wrote:
OA is A ! i have a question why is "target be raised" in D) wrong ? i thought "predict that" is a suggestion and so its ok to use subjunctive mood, respectively the base form of the verb "be" !

can some pls help...thx


I think because of the subjunctive mood we are using "target will be raised". "target be raised" means we are saying targets should be raised then there is nothing to be predicted. Its kind of a demand rather than prediction.
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