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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) because the economy continues strong, analysts predicted for weeks that the target would
C) due to the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target
D) due to the fact of the economyâ€™s continued strength, analysts predicted for weeks that the target will
E) with the economyâ€™s strength continuing, analysts predicted for weeks that the target

No OA

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12 Jun 2005, 19:36
I would say A too

eliminate B,D and E because of 'predicted' rather than 'have been predicting'

eliminate C because they are predicting that the target WILL be raised

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12 Jun 2005, 20:15
this question is weird, continued strength?? strength continuing?? A probably

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13 Jun 2005, 00:21
A for me to

A) Only one which seems correct
B) Predicted should not be used
C) wrong usage of due to
D) wrong usage of due to
E) Predicted should not be used

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14 Jun 2005, 07:09
Except A everything is faulty. I would always prefer "because" over "due to". I think, due to is used when there is cause and effect situation.

We need "have been", present perfect tense instead of past tense. Using this, we are left with 2 choices : A and C

C is out because of its subjunctive mood, using "BE".

A it is.

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14 Jun 2005, 08:00
I thought the only ets usage of due to was with "to be ". Is it correct ?

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