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# Developing nations in various parts of the world have

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Developing nations in various parts of the world have [#permalink]  30 Mar 2009, 18:49
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243. 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 please explain.. Director Joined: 01 Aug 2008 Posts: 770 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 284 [0], given: 99 Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink] 31 Mar 2009, 05:20 How you guys eliminated option B? how did you decide between 'is' and 'are'? Thanks. Manager Joined: 07 Jul 2007 Posts: 139 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 0 Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink] 31 Mar 2009, 19:05 IMO A). "are" is required because of "a number of" - Also two sentences are connected buy ; semicolon and so it needs to be independent but related sentence. It also requires to be independent and so we cannot use "if" Manager Joined: 07 Jul 2007 Posts: 139 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 0 Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink] 31 Mar 2009, 19:07 Sorry I misguided for your "are" vs "is" question, I think it is because of the group as a subject. Director Joined: 01 Aug 2008 Posts: 770 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 284 [0], given: 99 Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink] 01 Apr 2009, 17:48 OA is A. Thanks. Senior Manager Joined: 22 Dec 2009 Posts: 363 Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 274 [5] , given: 47 Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink] 30 Jan 2010, 02:19 5 This post received KUDOS 243. 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

My Explanation:
First take - are Vs is....
Are is wrong as we are talking about the solvency of the multinational banks.... and this is singular...
Consider this... to understand this better.....
at stake [strike], should a significant number of these debts be repudiated,[/strike]is the solvency of some of the world’s largest multinational banks

Hence we have A , D, E left....
Second take - if Vs should
If is wrong here as we need to have 'then' with it... the idiom is If X then Y.. and not If X , Y... or If X, would be Y

Hence A is a clear winner!
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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink]  19 Feb 2010, 20:33
I still can't understand why is prefered over are here

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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink]  08 Mar 2010, 09:52
let me try to explain.

at stake, [strike]should a significant number of these debts be repudiated[/strike], is the solvency of some of the world’s largest multinational banks

The SUBJ of the sentence id the solvency. all we need to do is to find out whether its singular or plural

here its surely singular
so ITS A
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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink]  29 Dec 2010, 04:00
Yea. A for me.
at stake, is the solvency of banks. Thanks for the xplanation between if and should
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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink]  01 Apr 2011, 00:37
Though A does not sound good, but it is the best option, IS vs ARE and IF ..then.. incorrect in others
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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink]  18 Aug 2011, 19:29
somehow, still can't understand, how "should" can be used to indicate a condition?
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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations [#permalink]  20 Aug 2011, 00:47
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Second take - if Vs should
If is wrong here as we need to have 'then' with it... the idiom is If X then Y.. and not If X , Y... or If X, would be Y

Hence A is a clear winner!

If can also go with will: If I win, you will pay. (1st type conditional)

D mixes 1st and 2nd type (either "is + will" or "were + would")
E combines the if-clause + will, but will needs to be in the main-part of the sentence (not the if part).

Hence, D and E are out, B and C as well because of "are"

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Re: 1000 SC -- Developing nations   [#permalink] 20 Aug 2011, 00:47
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