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Taking a shot at this -
Every one of the support staff and the Participants have to compulsorily go through a full body search before they enter the competition area.

a) same as underlined

b) have to go thorough a compulsorily full body search before entering

c) have to compulsorily go through a full body search before he or she enters

d) has to compulsorily go through a full body search before entering

e) has to compulsorily go through a full body search before they enter

The sentence is referring to each individual on the support staff and each person from the participant group. That should help you eliminate a,b,c

Out of d and e, e makes a plural reference by using they. The sentence has the subject - Everyone of xxxx - means every single person. Subject and verb need to agree. Hence D.

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Explain the reason for being D correct choice and others being wrong choice.
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srinidhi mishra wrote:
Explain the reason for being D correct choice and others being wrong choice.


"Every one of" as a subject needs a singular verb, in this case "has", not "have. So eliminate A, B, and C as they have 'have' as the verb.

D and E differ in what comes after "before"; both "before entering" and "before they enter" are in fact correct.

"they" could be used to refer to indefinite pronouns, but it seems the test maker tried to avoid this (parallelism issue) by employing before + gerund, which makes D a little more correct (!).
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Can they, their, them, and themselves be used as singular pronouns?

They, their, them, themselves: English lacks a common-gender third person singular pronoun that can be used to refer to indefinite pronouns (such as everyone, anyone, someone). Writers and speakers have supplied this lack by using the plural pronouns. ⟨and every one to rest themselves betake — William Shakespeare⟩ ⟨I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly — Jane Austen⟩ ⟨it is too hideous for anyone in their senses to buy — W. H. Auden⟩ The plural pronouns have also been put to use as pronouns of indefinite number to refer to singular nouns that stand for many persons. ⟨'tis meet that some more audience than a mother, since nature makes them partial, should o'erhear the speech — William Shakespeare⟩ ⟨a person can't help their birth — W. M. Thackeray⟩ ⟨no man goes to battle to be killed. — But they do get killed — G. B. Shaw⟩ The use of they, their, them, and themselves as pronouns of indefinite gender and indefinite number is well established in speech and writing, even in literary and formal contexts. This gives you the option of using the plural pronouns where you think they sound best, and of using the singular pronouns (such as he, she, he or she, and their inflected forms) where you think they sound best.

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srinidhi mishra wrote:
Explain the reason for being D correct choice and others being wrong choice.


The explanation above given by tireks for A,B and C is correct. As for E, the pronoun "they" is plural - it has no plural antecedent: at least within the sphere of GMAT, "they" cannot refer to "every one".
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