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Developing nations in various parts of the world have amassed $700 billion in debts; at stake, should a significant number of these debts be repudiated, is the solvency of some of the world’s largest multinational banks.

(A) should a significant number of these debts be repudiated, is
(B) should a significant number of these debts be repudiated, are
(C) should they repudiate a significant number of these debts, are
(D) if there is a repudiation of a significant number of these debts, would be
(E) if a significant number of these debts will be repudiated, is
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New post 16 Jun 2005, 23:13
Not quite clear of the sentence. Can someone explain please.
Else, A seems fine.
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I will pick A in test. :-D
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It should be read like this...

Developing nations in various parts of the world have amassed $700 billion in debts; the solvency of some of the world’s largest multinational banks is at stake should a significant number of these debts be repudiated

E is just plain wrong.
B and C tries to make the subject plural...

between A and D, I am picking A but It could be D also,

I am not sure....
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New post 17 Jun 2005, 12:20
A it is.

This is a conditional sentence with conditional clause inside the main clause. To make it even more complicated the conditional clause has an inversion. Only A satisfies the rules of Conditionals, and keeps the right subject-verb agreement.
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