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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

I tought "due to" were incorrect in style, thus I picked A. how come OA is D?
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27 Jan 2008, 04:32
both "due to" and "because of" can be used on GMAT. I am sure you can find threads on them here or elsewhere (google)

D is a case of subjunctive mood - Analysts have been predicting that the target BE raised
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27 Jan 2008, 18:02
D. due to the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target

I don't uderstand how "target be raised" can be correct. Is'nt that usually used in a context where someone or something is being "ordered" or "directed", such as "Supreme Court ordered that rates be raised".

I cannot understand why the OA is not A.
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27 Jan 2008, 18:35
I think when faced with a choice between 'because of' and 'due to', the latter is better when referring to a noun. 'because of' on the other hand would be better to refer to a verb.
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27 Jan 2008, 20:19
Sentence has parallel verb issue - the Federal Reserve has raised … and analysts have been predicting (Eliminate B, C and E)

A. because of the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will (because of is well suited for effect and cause scenario – eliminate it)

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 (second portion is well suited subjunctive form – hold it)

E. due to the fact of the economy’s continued strength, analysts predicted for weeks that the target will

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