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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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27 Mar 2007, 10:03
B/W B and C...I would choose C because of the subjunctive would.
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27 Mar 2007, 10:19
I think the use of present perfect "have been predicting" is appropriate since the action started in the past and still continuing in the present. Hence, I am debating b/w A and D.
I remember something like when utilizing wishful thinking, you are supposed to use "to be" in the indefinite form regardless of the time the action takes place. If I remember it correctly, "be raised" here would be correct. I believe it's D, although I am not sure (I don't have MGMAT's SC book in front of me)!
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27 Mar 2007, 10:56
I think that we can not use DUE TO here.
So I choose A.
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28 Mar 2007, 01:02
I am going for D.
Was dilly dallying between B and D, but D looked better in the end.
Whats the OA?
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29 Mar 2007, 06:07
C...

D and E are totally wrong because of due to. You can't use due to before subject+verb

A's "economyâ€™s continued strength" is wrong
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29 Mar 2007, 08:31
OA is A.
Regret delay in posting the OA...
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