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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now at a lower rate than ever before

(A) now at a lower rate than
(B) now lower than
(C) now a lower rate than
(D) presently lower than it was
(E) presently lower than the rate was

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Found this official question which I found a little tricky. Let me know your thoughts and explanations for each right/wrong option.
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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now at a lower rate than ever before

A. now at a lower rate than --> "lower rate" is redundant

B. now lower than --> CORRECT

C. now a lower rate than --> "lower rate" is redundant

D. presently lower than it was
Came to know about this concept from another forum :
Adverbs that refer to AN INDEFINITE TIME IN THE PAST (ever, never, already, yet) typically require the PRESENT PERFECT.
So WAS ever before is incorrect.

The OA implies the following:
The rate is now lower than [IT HAS] ever [BEEN] before.
The words in brackets are omitted, but their presence is understood.


E. presently lower than the rate was ---> Same as D and "rate" is redundant here.
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Can some one explain it little more. How option B makes more sense than A.
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I got stuck in between A and B.
In option A the subject is immorality rate and in the second fragment it says "lower rate", which make this redundant. so answer should be B.
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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now at a lower rate than ever before

A. now at a lower rate than
B. now lower than
C. now a lower rate than
D. presently lower than it was
E. presently lower than the rate was

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The comparison here is between the infant mortality rate 'now' and in time before 'now'
(A) gets the construct wrong. 'The infant mortality rate is now at a lower rate than ever before' does not make sense.
(B) Right. The comparison is rightly put
(C) Same a (A)
(D) ||ism error. The two elements compared 'presently' and 'it was before' is not grammatically parallel
(E) Same as (D)
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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now at a lower rate than ever before


A. now at a lower rate than
Rate is redundant ...the subject is already "infant mortality rate" so "at a rate"

B. now lower than
Correct

C. now a lower rate than
Again same issue as Option A

D. presently lower than it was
"was" is a tense issue here ..."has been" would have been better

E. presently lower than the rate was
Same issue as Option A and Option D
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sidvish wrote:
The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now at a lower rate than ever before

(A) now at a lower rate than
(B) now lower than
(C) now a lower rate than
(D) presently lower than it was
(E) presently lower than the rate was

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HI GMATNinja , mikemcgarry , egmat , RonPurewal , DmitryFarber , MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley , SarahPurewal,

Can you please help me to understand this SC(POE)?

What is wrong with C?

Here we are comparing infant mortality rate has decreased and it is lower now....
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Can you please help me to understand this SC(POE)?

What is wrong with C?

Here we are comparing infant mortality rate has decreased and it is lower now....

Here's the full sentence, with (C) inserted:

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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now a lower rate than ever before.

Check out the part in blue: "The infant mortality rate... is now a lower rate than ever before." At the very least, it's redundant to say that "the infant mortality rate" is "a lower rate" than ever before. Why not just say that "the infant mortality rate is lower"? That's much simpler and clearer -- and (B) is the only answer choice that doesn't repeat the word "rate" in a completely unnecessary way.

I hope this helps!
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NandishSS wrote:
Can you please help me to understand this SC(POE)?

What is wrong with C?

Here we are comparing infant mortality rate has decreased and it is lower now....

Here's the full sentence, with (C) inserted:

Quote:
The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now a lower rate than ever before.

Check out the part in blue: "The infant mortality rate... is now a lower rate than ever before." At the very least, it's redundant to say that "the infant mortality rate" is "a lower rate" than ever before. Why not just say that "the infant mortality rate is lower"? That's much simpler and clearer -- and (B) is the only answer choice that doesn't repeat the word "rate" in a completely unnecessary way.

I hope this helps!

GMATNinja That makes sense. Thank You :-)
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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several decades and is now at a lower rate than ever before 
Meaning is: Rate has decreased steadily and rate is now lower than ever before
(A) now at a lower rate than (Distorted meaning)
(B) now lower than
(C) now a lower rate than rate is unnecessary

(D) presently lower than it was (‘was’ is incorrect with ‘ever before’
‘has been’ needs to be used)

(E) presently lower than the rate was (was’ is incorrect with ‘ever before’
‘has been’ needs to be used)
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