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Imagine I want to say

Each shipment will be automatically created 2 weeks before the day of collection, and priced according to the rates at that moment.

and I want to express "rates at that moment" as "[adjective] rates".

The following attempt produces confusion:

Each shipment will be automatically created 2 weeks before the day of collection, and priced according to current rates.

because it might mean "according to whatever the rates are this very moment"

What's the word that I should use in place of current to express the fact that I want it to be "current at that time"?

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    According to the then current rates – Jim Feb 23 '18 at 15:44
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    …according to prevailing rates. – Chaim Feb 23 '18 at 15:48
  • Alexander, what difficulties d'you see here, please? "Each shipment will be automatically created…" is a problem but that's not what you're asking about, is it? Anything before the day - rather than the date - of collection is a problem but that's not what you're asking about, is it? "… priced according to the rates at that moment" is a problem only to people who've researched neither the language nor the rates… For averything you ask about there are clear conventions and any deviation from them is very, very dangerous. – Robbie Goodwin Mar 9 '18 at 23:10
  • I would argue that "the current rates" gets its point across just fine, given the assumption that most readers will tend not to think the narration prescient. When I was reading that, I didn't see a tense problem as I subconsciously assumed "current" meant 'current' within the time-frame of the topic. – B.fox Mar 25 '18 at 20:34
  • must be of the quantum entanglement magic! – lbf Mar 25 '18 at 21:12
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"According to the rates then."

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According to the prevailing rates

  • I would also suggest reordering things so that the timing isn't lost. "Each shipment will be priced according to prevailing rates and created two weeks before the day of collection." – Paul Rowe Feb 23 '18 at 17:53
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    If you're going to piggyback on someone else's response, you need to add a supporting reference to make the response worthy of an 'answer'. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 23 '18 at 18:01
  • The same ambiguity exists- prevailing rates now or then? – Jim Feb 23 '18 at 23:06

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