growth rates <at a high level / at high levels>

uktous

Senior Member
cantonese
Hi,

Question:
which sentence is correct?
ie, a high level or high levels?

Sentence1:
People expect future growth rates will maintain at a high level.
Sentence2:
People expect future growth rates will maintain at high levels.

My opinion:
I think sentence 2 is correct, but I don't know why sentence 1 is more common.


Thanks
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I think both phrases are possible, Uktous. The writer who uses the first version would probably be thinking of "a high level" as meaning "at some high level". The writer who uses the second version would probably be thinking of "at high levels" as meaning "at various levels, all of them high".

    What I don't like about either sentence is the intransitive use of "maintain", which seems odd to me. I'd prefer: People expect future growth rates will be maintained at high levels.
     
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