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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 amassed \$700 billion in debts; at stake, should a significant number of these debts be repudiated, is the solvency of some of the worldâ€™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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09 Oct 2005, 08:24
omomo wrote:
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 worldâ€™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

the subject is the solvency, so verb be must be singular, B and C are out.
D and E use wrong tenses for if-clause. I choose A. Should in A also means if

you may have a glance at this link http://www.edict.com.hk/vlc/clauses . It's a comprehensive source of all kinds of clauses.
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09 Oct 2005, 08:34
Another one for A

"at stake....is" the subject and verb are in agreement.
The clause in E, "...debts will be repudiated..." does not agree with the present tense "stake".
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09 Oct 2005, 10:52
OA: A
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10 Oct 2005, 03:15
my pick was naturally A too
however, can someone explain the problem with D ? just wordy or something is grammatically wrong ?
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10 Oct 2005, 03:24
D is wrong as it uses wrong tenses for verbs of the if clause.
10 Oct 2005, 03:24
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