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Here is the sentence I'm working with:

Product manufacturing has (been) ________ (at) one unit per month for nearly a year.

Clearly, if just any old word/phrase would do, we could insert "stuck at":

Product manufacturing has been stuck at one unit per month for nearly a year.

I also considered "limited to," but it oddly seems too out of place as well: there is no regulation or anything from keeping product manufacturing from going above one, it's purely a discretionary decision.

Is there a more formal-sounding substitute for "stuck-at" I can use here?

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    Product manufacturing rates have held to one unit per month for nearly a year. Jun 4, 2021 at 4:03
  • If it’s on purpose held might work. If it’s a hurdle they just can’t seem to get over maybe has been stalled at But I’d note that stuck at implies a hurdle-like impediment, while later you say it’s discretionary which is more like it’s being held on purpose. So which is it?
    – Jim
    Jun 4, 2021 at 4:33
  • @Jim Perhaps you are right that "stuck" has that kind of implication. The actual cause will be a black box I guess, but what is known is that it's not a statutory limitation. "Held" might work, only issue I could find was it loses some of the "slow" connotation. I'm still experimenting. Jun 4, 2021 at 5:14
  • Actually, I would probably use at: Product manufacturing rates have held at one unit per month for nearly a year. Held is a so-called ergative or middle voice verb here. The rates seem to do the verb held, yet we must imagine that an unspecified agent caused it. Compare that to the passive voice held: Product manufacturing rates have been held [by inept managers or by old machines] at one unit per month for nearly a year. (Stalled might work instead of held, if you can tolerate something slightly less formal.) Jun 4, 2021 at 14:50

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Product manufacturing has remained at one unit per month for nearly a year.

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