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Since February, the Federal Reserve has raised its [#permalink]
15 Aug 2007, 13:36
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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
Can we get a FIRM explanation of the difference between due to and because of?
Actually Due to means caused by or attributable.
also. among the choices, none of the ones with due to can be answer because of wordiness and "will"
I just noticed that in GMAT we should choose Because of if compared with due to
Also, I think Due to is mainly used in the first verbals only
Due to her nagging, he killed himself.
Not He killed himself due to her nagging. It'd be 'he killed himself because of her nagging'.
I agree with StartupAddict. This is the trap setup in these types of question. They try to engage into something which is not a problem here. i.e "due to"/"because of " but the actual problem here is of tenses..
"Have been prediction: is correct phrase here.. So left with A and D. out of which A is correct because it includes 'will' implying future prediction..
Can anyone explain the tense issue here in detail? I am kind of confused at what I should be looking at
If you isolate the verbs in this sentence's main clauses, you get: "has raised", "have been predicting". Also, "the economy's continued strength" reinforces the idea of a process that started in the past and continues in the present. Thus, present perfect, past perfect and future perfect should be used.
If you choose B, C or E, the problem is that "predicted" changes a little the meaning. The Federal Reserve has raised the rates (and may continue to do so), the economy is still strong at the moment, so it won't be right to say that the analysts "predicted". They don't predict anymore? Probably they continue to predict until either November is over or the FED raise the interest and the prediction is fulfilled.
So in line with the other parts of the sentence, the analysts "have been predicting" is the best choice.