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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 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?

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15 Aug 2007, 14:52
I guess A looks fine..

because of - use this only if you can replace it with "as a result of". In other words, a cause (cause-effect) shud follow it.

Due to - Use this only if you can replace it with "Caused by"..

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15 Aug 2007, 16:04
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
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15 Aug 2007, 16:39
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has implies present tense

we want to bust out past/future perfect

Don't even have to look at due/because..........

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'.

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16 Aug 2007, 04:51
here is an excellent link that explains the difference between "due to" and "because of"
http://web.ku.edu/~edit/because.html

Both play different functions in a sentence!

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17 Aug 2007, 13:03
thanks.

in any case, a quick rule of thumb is that "due to" is normally preceded by a form of "to be," as evident in the example in the link above.

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17 Aug 2007, 13:16
bmwhype2 wrote:
thanks.

in any case, a quick rule of thumb is that "due to" is normally preceded by a form of "to be," as evident in the example in the link above.

it is different. I am posting this link for the first time.

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17 Aug 2007, 14:09
It may not be a good time to have a baby while studying at university, due to lack of time to take care of it or to probable financial problems.

Correct?

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17 Aug 2007, 15:03
bmwhype2 wrote:
It may not be a good time to have a baby while studying at university, due to lack of time to take care of it or to probable financial problems.

Correct?

IMO, it should be "because of".
"because of" would be modifying "a good time...."

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17 Aug 2007, 16:22
bmwhype2 wrote:
It may not be a good time to have a baby while studying at university, due to lack of time to take care of it or to probable financial problems.

Correct?

Simplly, due to=casued by, replace it then see if it works if not leave it with because of. cuz it makes the sentence sound good.

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19 Aug 2007, 00:19
A

has implies present tense

we want to bust out past/future perfect

Don't even have to look at due/because..........

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..

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19 Aug 2007, 05:17
A.

Here is my note about "because of" vs. "due to":

“due to” functions as an adjectival phrase and is used to modify a noun.
Correct: His failure was due to his laziness.
Incorrect: His failure was because of his laziness.

“because of” functions as an adverbial phrase and is used to modify a verb or verb phrase
Correct: He failed because of his laziness.
Incorrect: He failed due to his laziness.

So rule of thumb:
If modify a noun, use "due to"; otherwise, use "because of".

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Re: SC: Because vs. Due to [#permalink]

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26 Mar 2010, 23:34
Can anyone explain the tense issue here in detail? I am kind of confused at what I should be looking at

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04 Apr 2010, 05:53
lonewolf wrote:
Can anyone explain the tense issue here in detail? I am kind of confused at what I should be looking at

lonewolf,

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.

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Re: SC: Because vs. Due to [#permalink]

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08 Apr 2010, 22:42
Good discussion. Looks like everyone got it right with A

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