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The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several

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06 Apr 2019, 12:37
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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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06 Apr 2019, 23:29
A.now at a lower rate than
C.now a lower rate than
The infant mortality rate .. is now at a lower rate than --> redundant repetition

D.presently lower than it was
E.presently lower than the rate was
"it" is incorrect because we compare with similar rate in the past, not the same rate. relative clause "that " should be used
"was" past tense is incorrect. it should be replaced with present perfect " has been" because of "before".
"presently" is not an idiomatic way to say "now". I can't say it is incorrect, but if other choices use "now", "presently" shall be avoided.

B is concise and straight forward.
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Re: The infant mortality rate has decreased steadily over the past several  [#permalink]

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06 Apr 2019, 23:47
deepti3892 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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