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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
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17 Apr 2006, 03:37
^ A ^

B,C and E are easily out. In D we have the subjunctive mood. I don't think it is correct for this sentence.
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17 Apr 2006, 08:43
i'm confused ... why "because" and not "due to" in this case ,

in this scenario i think "due to" is more appropriate than "because" ...that makes D as the correct one as E is not correct ... but in D "will" is missing ... so confused

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17 Apr 2006, 09:09
Hey Buddy,I recently read somewhere that to avoid the confusion b/w 'due to' and 'becuse of' try substituting 'due to' with 'caused by'.If the sentence makes sense with this ,go for 'due to' else use 'because of'. I hope this helps you .
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17 Apr 2006, 15:12
oa is A
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18 Apr 2006, 14:26
Late but A.

A has both the elements: Have been predicting for weeks ...... will be raised
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02 Nov 2006, 16:38
guys, the exact same SC is at: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... sc&start=0

here they say that the OA is D, not A!
I actually think it's D
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10 Nov 2006, 11:40
tennis_ball wrote:
It should be A.

D is missing "will" at the end.

no, it's D

"will" is not necessary as the correct construction is predict + subjunctive, I know it's not the way you'd normally say it but GMAT writers love the subjuntive mood, be aware of it
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10 Nov 2006, 20:20
Lorenzino wrote:
tennis_ball wrote:
It should be A.

D is missing "will" at the end.

no, it's D

"will" is not necessary as the correct construction is predict + subjunctive, I know it's not the way you'd normally say it but GMAT writers love the subjuntive mood, be aware of it

Also, "due to" is rightly used in D. "due to" is used in the sense of 'can be attributed to"
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10 Nov 2006, 23:53
Let me beat this dead horse a little bit more and say AAA
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