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# Interest rates

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03 Aug 2008, 06:56
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.
(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

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03 Aug 2008, 07:10
i will go with E

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04 Aug 2008, 15:09
E as well.

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04 Aug 2008, 15:31
aaron22197 wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

Confused between E and C

I will go with C just because its keeping the tense simple.

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04 Aug 2008, 21:58
IMO E) .... need perfect present here

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06 Aug 2008, 01:51
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

i will go with E because we have change of time sequence. The first should be in the past tense and the second should be in the present perfect tense

A- wrong
B-wrong
C-wrong
D- wrong because of virtually unchanging "ackward"
E- right

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