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30th November 2022

At this rate

We use this expression to say that something will or won't happen if the present situation continues. It is often, but not always, negative.
Usage
Written: 
No
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
The traffic's terrible! We haven't moved for 20 minutes.
Yes. At this rate we won't get to Birmingham until after midnight!
Example 2
It looks like you're making good progress with the paperwork.
Yes. We'll have everything finished by lunchtime at this rate.

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