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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 will
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 04 Sep 2006, 22:59
No problem with A.
"Since......have been".
"predicting......targets will be".
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2006, 23:08
Yup OA is D. I also answered A. I'm researching the subject now. I remember reading something that stated when due to is more appropriate than because....Cant find it though
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2006, 23:16
Apollo, one request. Wait for some time..say a day..for all our buddies to answer the question...then we will gain more from our discussion..no?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2006, 23:18
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Apollo, one request. Wait for some time..say a day..for all our buddies to answer the question...then we will gain more from our discussion..no?


Noted :) Sorry I didnt want to deprive the people who answered the OA.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 00:30
D.

1. due to is more formal than because of.
2. for weeks means you need to use present perfect.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 00:53
Chose A as well... Some explanation on this due/because issue would be much appreciated. I also feel "due to" is more formal, but maybe there is a more formal rule? :)
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Chose A as well... Some explanation on this due/because issue would be much appreciated. I also feel "due to" is more formal, but maybe there is a more formal rule? :)


Due to. Incorrectly used for through, because of, or owing to, in adverbial phrases: "He lost the first game, due to carelessness."

In correct use related as predicate or as modifier to a particular noun: "This invention is due to Edison;" "losses due to preventable fires."
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 01:53
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D.

1. due to is more formal than because of.
2. for weeks means you need to use present perfect.


I read this about due to...

Due to should be used when it can be replaced with caused by, without changing the meaning of the sentence. I do not think that happens here...

Also, the phrase after and... is modifying analysts, so because of seems more appropriate than due to...

So in my opinion it should still be A...
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 06:26
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Yup OA is D. I also answered A. I'm researching the subject now. I remember reading something that stated when due to is more appropriate than because....Cant find it though

OA is ambiguous. At many places it's D and at others it's A.

But one thing that I have noticed is "will" in choice D is missing in some of the last posts.

Are you sure "will" is there in D??
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 10:55
I very strongly feel that the OA is wrong.

Due to means "caused by." It should only be used if it can be substituted with "caused by."

Grammar book says: "However, use due to only after a form of the verb be. Do not use due to in place of because of in other circumstances"

Incorrect: The game was postponed due to rain.
Correct: The game was postponed because of rain.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 12:28
D. due to the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will


"due to" modifies nouns and is generally used after a verb of the form "to be".

"because of" modifies verbs

From Sentence Correction Notes...
[b]Because vs. Due to
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 19:27
Haas..I think u r on to something, but just not sure what it..cud you please elaborate..this can be a very useful peice of info.. :)

[quote="haas_mba07"]D. due to the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will


"due to" modifies nouns and is generally used after a verb of the form "to be".

"because of" modifies verbs

From Sentence Correction Notes...
[b]Because vs. Due to
“Becauseâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 21:10
Broadly, the folllowing rules for usage of "due to" & "because of" apply:

a. "due to" always modifies nouns
b. "because of" always modifies verbs.

The following examples will make it clearer:


Italy's success in the world cup final was due to Zinadine's ill-timed head butt.



Italy managed to win the world cup final because of Zinadine's ill-timed head butt.


Note that "success" is a noun modified by "due to"; in the second sentence "win" a verb is modified by "because of".

I cannot find specific rules for these but I made a note of these sometime ago.


And please don't kill me for the examples... just thought of something... ;)

[quote="fresinha12"]Haas..I think u r on to something, but just not sure what it..cud you please elaborate..this can be a very useful peice of info.. :)

"due to" modifies nouns and is generally used after a verb of the form "to be".

"because of" modifies verbs

From Sentence Correction Notes...
[b]Because vs. Due to
“Becauseâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 22:34
I picked A too. Tried to substitute "caused by" for "due to".
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