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Question

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.


 

Option A:

because of the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target will

Option B:

with the economy’s strength continuing, analysts predicted for weeks that the target

Option C:

because the economy continues strong, analysts predicted for weeks that the target would

Option D:

due to the economy’s continued strength, analysts have been predicting for weeks that the target

Option E:

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

Difficulty Level

Medium

Solution

Option A is the correct answer.


Option Analysis

Concept tested: Tenses

 

A) Correct Answer

B) The usage of the verb “predicted” in the simple past tense is inappropriate due to the time clue “for weeks”

C) Same as B

D) The usage of the verb “that the target be raised” in the subjunctive form is inappropriate because there is a clear indication of a future tense in the option.

E) Same as B


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