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    Dear all,

    Here is a reading from the Economist below. My question is why use "pay" instead of "paid" when later in the sentence the author uses "rose" to describe Germany's interest rate? Thank you very much.

    "The extra interest that both countries pay to borrow for ten years compared with Germany rose to euro-era records this week"

    Sincerely

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    Re: pay/paid

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    My question is why use "pay" instead of "paid" when later in the sentence the author uses "rose" to describe Germany's interest rate? Thank you very much.

    "The extra interest that both countries pay (at all times) to borrow for ten years compared with Germany rose (past time) to euro-era records this week"
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    Re: pay/paid

    Does anyone else feel this should have been "Germany's" instead of "Germany"? The comparison is the nations' interest rates, not the nations themselves.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: pay/paid

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Does anyone else feel this should have been "Germany's" instead of "Germany"? The comparison is the nations' interest rates, not the nations themselves.
    I read it as, "The extra interest that both countries pay to borrow for ten years compared with the interest rate that Germany pays rose to euro-era records this week"

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