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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

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14 Jul 2006, 21:22
I am going with C.

As he was trying to find a discrepancy in the records, he found that the files had been tampered with.

- IMO, "As" + Sub + was + Verb(ing)............, Sub + Verb (ed) is correct structure.
- Past perfect "had been" is properly used to indicate that something was happened before he found the discrepancy.

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14 Jul 2006, 22:32
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

======> CORRECT

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

======> He is not finding the discrepancy but reason for discrepancy.

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

======> Same as B.

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

======> Wordy and wrong tense "had". It means first he found then he tried. Funny...

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

======> Wordy and wrong tense "is". It means first he found then he tried. Funny...
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15 Jul 2006, 04:57
No one purposely looks for a discrepency, so B changes the meaning.

(A)

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16 Jul 2006, 19:12
OA is A
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16 Jul 2006, 20:35
Late but A.
GMATT is spot on as to why B is wrong.
C is wrong for the same reason as B .
D and E are plain bad.
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16 Jul 2006, 20:53
YEA....a bit late..but A is the only option which preserved the meanin of the original, at the same time is grammatically right..
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16 Jul 2006, 21:57
The reason of the discrepancy is because the files had been tampered with

B,C --> changes the meaning of the sentence
D,E --> awkward phrasing by wrong choice of tenses

A is the best.
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19 Jul 2006, 14:30
B changes the meaning of the sentence.
Notice the 'Trying to find the reason for a discrepancy in the records'
19 Jul 2006, 14:30
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