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# Since February, the Federal Reserve has raised its

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

A. because of the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will
B. with the economyâ€™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 economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target
E. due to the fact of the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts predicted for weeks that the target will

I got this wrong but don't agree with the OA!
Please explain your choice!
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 03:14
I dont think there is anything wrong with A. So I would stick with it.
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 03:17
I think "predicted" needs "will"

So the choice is between A and E

I go for A, since it establishes correctly the time frame of five weeks with "predicting"
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 05:53
Absolutely (A).

"Since" is a clear indication that the present perfect should be used- "have been predicting." Between A and D, only A includes "will" to grammatically complete the sentence.
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 06:18
phew... I'm happy, but OA given is "D" (I don't know from which angle)
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Re: SC: Federal Reserve [#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 06:19
vivek123 wrote:
Since February, the Federal Reserve has raised its short-term interest rate target five times, and because of the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will be raised again in November.

A. because of the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will
B. with the economyâ€™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 economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target
E. due to the fact of the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts predicted for weeks that the target will

you might be tempted to C (cuz all others except A are totally wrong), which is run-on. So only correct choice is A.
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 07:02
vivek123 wrote:
phew... I'm happy, but OA given is "D" (I don't know from which angle)

Whats the source Vivek? Probably a typo in (D). The only way it could be gramatically correct is if it read: due to the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will

That being the case, the only reason (I can think of) to choose D over A is because the former is more concise.
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 07:15
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vivek123 wrote:
phew... I'm happy, but OA given is "D" (I don't know from which angle)

Whats the source Vivek? Probably a typo in (D). The only way it could be gramatically correct is if it read: due to the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will

That being the case, the only reason (I can think of) to choose D over A is because the former is more concise.

Agree with your explanation Matt!
The source is GMAT sets. I was (unnecessarily) wondering if this could be a subjunctive mood case for a while but shouldn't be
"A" is perfect!
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 14:29
I had got D...
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 16:56
OA is A here. Look at the cool explaination from ps.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=24890
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[#permalink]  28 Jan 2006, 18:24
I think D is correct.
Can we use 'Predict' and 'will' in the same sentence? Prediction means that it may or may not happen. Usage of 'will' contradicts that message.
[#permalink] 28 Jan 2006, 18:24
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