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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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20 Jun 2008, 07:04
I will go with A.

Reasons : have puts "decline" earlier to "remained unchanged"
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20 Jun 2008, 07:08
IMO B.
Two completed activities in past event. Moreover "virtually remain unchanged" is correct usage than "remain virtually unchanged".
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20 Jun 2008, 07:11
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
E for me...
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20 Jun 2008, 07:41
I did some research...

virtually needs to modify unchanged, not remain...

So correct answer should be E
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20 Jun 2008, 09:05
Value 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

(E) seems to be the best option.

(C) would've been best had it contained "remained" instead of "remain". In (E), I don't like the use of "have" in the second phrase, as its not parallel, but it still sounds slightly better than the others.
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20 Jun 2008, 09:12
I will go for A.
virtually remained unchanged is better use. Present perfect continous is good here to show the contunity of change. Whats the OA?
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20 Jun 2008, 17:16
A for me ... good question, would love to hear the OA on this one
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21 Jun 2008, 08:43
Thanks..Dipenbalia..
OA is E.
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