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A federal study of farm debt finds that one-third of all family-run commercial farms will face financial difficulty in the next <year; over ten percent of these farms are either insolvent or on the verge of it>
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B.year; over ten percent of these farms are either insolvent or on the verge of insolvency
C. year; over ten percent of them either are insolvent or they verge on being so
D. year, over ten percent of them either being insolvent or on the verge of insolvency
E. year, over ten percent of them being either insolvent or verging on it
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15 Jul 2004, 06:47
A. I don't know if "it" can be used here to refer insolvency or the state of becoming insolvent.

B. seems correct

C. wrong usage, "are" is misplaced . "over 10% of them are either.." should have been there

DE. avoid usage of being.
DE also have 2 independent clauses joined by a comma. ";" is required.

The sentence says that in the future farms will face difficulty ; to show the present situation "are" is the correct word. "Being" shows continuity, which isn't required here.

Also the correct idiom is "on the verge of" which is there only in ABD
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15 Jul 2004, 08:23
B it is
D, E indeed need semi-colon to join two ind. clauses
C "verge on" is wrong
A "it" does not properly refer to a noun
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15 Jul 2004, 08:49
B is my FA too ( 41 s)

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