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Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records

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Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 01:19
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Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he found that the files had been tampered with.

(A) Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he

(B) Trying to find a discrepancy in the records, he

(C) As he was trying to find a discrepancy in the records, he

(D) Having tried to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he had

(E) Since he is trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he


Doubt: Although there is a meaning difference in option A and B. How do we recon which is the intended meaning of the question. Since in my opinion both options make sense.

Meaning option A - The discrepancy was already known and the reason for the same was being investigated. And thus, it was found that the records had been tampered.

Meaning option B- The discrepancy was NOT known and during the inspection of the records (usual practice to check records) a discrepancy was found.
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Re: Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 05:58
If Original sentence has clear meaning, then we stick with that meaning.
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Re: Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 09:01
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Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records, he found that the files had been tampered with.



Just a commentary on the second half of the sentence:

"...he found that the files had been tampered with."

Note "found" is past tense and the past-past tense "had been tampered with" puts extra emphasis on the fact that first the records were tampered with---THEN he found the records.

Technically, "he found that the files were tampered with" could also work- but it would not have as much of an emphasis on the distinction in time.

Of course, this is the non-underlined portion of the sentence so it does not affect the answer, but just a note to point out.
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Re: Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2014, 02:54
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