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# Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major

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Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
B. they have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left

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24 Mar 2017, 00:00
Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left [right option]
B. they [subject-verb agreement issue] have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left---eliminate
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left [two major mistakes 1) use of past perfect and the who must be seperated from "last year"]
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left [past perfect so eliminate]
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left [past perfect so eliminate]
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Isn't 'replace' a verb used for substituting an incumbent with a new one rather than for filling up a vacancy caused by somebody's resignation a year ago? It does not matter however, in this case as all the five choices use that word and we are required to select only the best of the lot.
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Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
B. they have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left

Lets try to use vertical splits
B and D instant elimination because of the word they (refers to organization which is singular)
E and C also eliminated because of the use of the past perfect tense i.e there is no sequencing of events in this case
So A is the best answer
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Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left (Correct)
B. they have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left (Organization is singular. Therefore usage of they is wrong)
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left (Usage of past perfect is not required)
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left (Same as B)
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left (Same as C)

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25 Mar 2017, 08:23
Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
B. they have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
exclude b, c.
e - it had been trying- wrong tense.
c- Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left
no sense. does change the meaning that COO left last year.

A. Correct.
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Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
B. they have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Answer choices (B) and (D) incorrectly use the pronoun "they" to refer to the organization, a singular entity. And choice (C) incorrectly uses the perfect tense "had left" to refer to last year's event; as the only past-tense event in the sentence, "left" must be in the simple past tense.

Answer choice (E) incorrectly uses the past perfect "had been trying" instead of the proper "has been trying," as is required to match the future tense "will leave." Only answer choice (A) correctly uses the proper verb tense "has been trying" to match the future tense "will leave" and the simple past "left" to refer to last year's events.
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Ms. Omari's resignation will leave the organization with another major executive opening at a time when it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left to start her own bootstrapped company.

A. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
B. they have been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, left
-- "they" points to organization (singular)
C. it has been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who last year, had left
-- "had left" is incorrect. So chief officer left before last year. This is not the meaning.
D. they had been trying to replace their longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
-- "they" points to organization (singular)
-- "had been" means the search is over.
E. it had been trying to replace its longtime Chief Operating Officer, who, last year, had left
-- "had been" means the search is over.
-- "had left" is incorrect. So chief officer left before last year. This is not the meaning.
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