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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 17 May 2009, 15:01
Seems a poor question. A seems best among the choices. E comes closest but "will" is incorrectly used.
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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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trainspotting 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 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


I'd probably guess (A), I don't think solvency "are" is correct, so that eliminates B & C; D is really wordy; I don't think E has any grammatical mistakes, but still sounds more awkward than (A).

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IMO A

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 -->the reverse clause within the 2 commas is the subject of the whole clause after the semi colon. A subject-clause like this is always Singular
(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 -->ungrammatical
(E) if a significant number of these debts will be repudiated, is -->if clause is never in future tense

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New post 18 May 2009, 06:55
gmatee wrote:
at stake is the solvency of some of the world’s largest multinational banks. at stake is the subject?

The subject is " solvency" - the clause is an inverted one. "at stake" is complement.

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