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    at the rate of

    Hi, I just wanted to akk what this word mean:
    "new supermakets have been opened at the rate of almost one a month."
    thanks


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    Re: at the rate of

    Does it mean that there is one new supermarket openned every month?
    Waiting for the exact answer.
    Best regards
    Ian

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    Re: at the rate of

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Does it mean that there is one new supermarket openned every month?
    Waiting for the exact answer.
    Best regards
    Ian
    Almost one a month opened - maybe 23 over 2 years.

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    Re: at the rate of

    PS - And using 'at a rate of' before the figure allows for peaks and troughs [high points and low points] - maybe none for a few months, and then 3 or 4.

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    Re: at the rate of

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    PS - And using 'at a rate of' before the figure allows for peaks and troughs [high points and low points] - maybe none for a few months, and then 3 or 4.

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    Does it mean that in the period of a month are opened almost one new supermarket, which means that it could be either zero openening or more than one.
    The sentence ist very confusing, it is said " supermarkets" and than " almost one a month" which doesn't make any sense.
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    Re: at the rate of

    Quote Originally Posted by me78 View Post
    Does it mean that in the period of a month are opened almost one new supermarket, which means that it could be either zero openening or more than one.
    The sentence ist very confusing, it is said " supermarkets" and than " almost one a month" which doesn't make any sense.
    Yes. Because it's impossible to open a fraction of a supermarket, it has to talk about a rate. And over the period accounted for, several supermarkets have opened; so even though the rate is lower than one, the plural verb sounds more natural. If it was precisely one per month though, you could say 'one supermarket a month has been opened'.


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    Re: at the rate of

    thank you Bob

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