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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


I got this wrong :( but don't agree with the OA!
Please explain your choice! :pray
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 [#permalink] New post 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] New post 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] New post 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] New post 28 Jan 2006, 06:18
phew... :-D I'm happy, but OA given is "D" (I don't know from which angle)
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Re: SC: Federal Reserve [#permalink] New post 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 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


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] New post 28 Jan 2006, 07:02
vivek123 wrote:
phew... :-D I'm happy, but OA given is "D" (I don't know from which angle)


What`s the source Vivek? Probably a typo in (D). The only way it could be gramatically correct is if it read: due to the economy’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] New post 28 Jan 2006, 07:15
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vivek123 wrote:
phew... :-D I'm happy, but OA given is "D" (I don't know from which angle)


What`s the source Vivek? Probably a typo in (D). The only way it could be gramatically correct is if it read: due to the economy’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! :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2006, 14:29
I had got D... :P
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 [#permalink] New post 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] New post 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.
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