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    #1

    at a rate, at the age?

    I've heard people say

    The car was speeding at a rate of 40 miles per hour

    but not

    The car was speeding at the rate of 40 miles per hour

    however,

    I've quite often heard people say

    "He died at the age of 80"

    Is this a question of idiom?
    which usage is right?

    he died at the age of 80 or he died at an age of 80

    if the former is correct, would sayin speeding at the rate of 40 m/h
    be correct also?

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    #2

    Re: at a rate, at the age?

    You can change a rate but not an age.

    PS I would say the car was going or something similar- speeding to me is going faster than the law allows.

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