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For example, is "they gave the same rating to the movie" a proper usage?

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According to me, yes it is correct. – Logophile Mar 6 '11 at 14:47
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You can say of two banks that

They gave the same rates.

But you would be slightly more likely to say

They offered the same rates.

As for "a giving rate" that is an exceedingly odd construction. You might refer to "a given rate" but that would be in a different context.

Edit (after much colloquy in the comments):

Now it's clear you're talking about ratings as in "movie ratings" I would say that the verb to use is give. So it is quite all right to say:

They gave identical ratings to the movie.

Note that if you use the word same you might be forcing yourself to use the singular:

They gave the same rating to the movie.

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Thanks for the response, but I didn't mean the rate which banks use, I edited question for clarification. – metdos Mar 6 '11 at 14:24
@metdos: Well, are you talking about ratings then, not rates? – Robusto Mar 6 '11 at 14:29
Yes, you are right. I updated again. – metdos Mar 6 '11 at 14:32
@metdos: Edited to address the new information. – Robusto Mar 6 '11 at 14:47

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