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# Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during

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20 May 2009, 17:56
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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 May 2009, 18:03
nightwing79 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
<-- the decline is not progressive any more so usage of have is incorrect also virtually remain sounds awkward.

B. declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged <-- virtually remain

C. steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged <-- remain unchanged implies that they are STILL unchanged, whereas we dont know what is now here. The answer could quite easily be C, because one can argue that E implies the rates are STILL unchanged (because of the usage of have).

D. declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanging <-- the usage of unchanging seems incorrect to me

E. declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

My answer is E and I'd eliminate all but E and C. This one's a toughie +1
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20 May 2009, 19:03
IMO E

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 -->wrong tense

B. declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged --> the next three months will last until now, so present perfect is the best

C. steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged -->the same error

D. declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging --> remain unchanging is wrong. It should be remain unchanged because interest rates is changed, not itself manages to change

E. declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged --> the best
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20 May 2009, 20:43
nightwing79 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

Clearly between B and E.

Debate is over to chose "present perfect or past tense " in the second part of sentence

Finally I went to "present perfect" becaue orignal senence suggests later part is presenet perfect

E
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