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The company accountant has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed the trail of paperwork produced by a suspicious acquisition, following a year-long search for evidence of managerial embezzlement.

A) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
B) had discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she followed
C) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
D) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she had followed
E) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she had followed
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The company accountant has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed the trail of paperwork produced by a suspicious acquisition, following a year-long search for evidence of managerial embezzlement.

A) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
B) had discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she followed
C) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
D) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she had followed
E) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she had followed


To me the primary POE for A, B, D and E was the unnecessary use of perfect tenses. Additionally I am not quite sure on differences between the usage of "when" and the usage of "after", and how that plays in this sentence as both seem fine to me.

Can anyone comment. Thanks!
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goodyear2013 wrote:
The company accountant has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed the trail of paperwork produced by a suspicious acquisition, following a year-long search for evidence of managerial embezzlement.

A) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
B) had discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she followed
C) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
D) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she had followed
E) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she had followed


To me the primary POE for A, B, D and E was the unnecessary use of perfect tenses. Additionally I am not quite sure on differences between the usage of "when" and the usage of "after", and how that plays in this sentence as both seem fine to me.

Can anyone comment. Thanks!


On first look, I could take out Option A,B and E.
Present perfect tense is not used correctly here.

Usage of When and After: If you look at the usage in the sentence, when is indicating that the 2 actions happened at the same time.

The accountant discovered when she followed a trail of paper work

Use of after is giving the sequence of event in option B. Ideally discovery should happen after following up on the trail work and coming up with some proof. So in option B meaning is completely changed. as it says first something was discovered and then accountant followed up. Moreover, with words such as after, before use of past perfect tense is not essential at the past events are well defined with their point of occurrence.

Down to C and D. Now, If I go by meaning, The accountant would have followed a trail of paper work before discovering anything. Thus past perfect tense with followed is required.

For me D should be the answer but OA is C.

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Dienekes wrote:
goodyear2013 wrote:
The company accountant has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed the trail of paperwork produced by a suspicious acquisition, following a year-long search for evidence of managerial embezzlement.

A) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
B) had discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she followed
C) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she followed
D) discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements when she had followed
E) has discovered severe discrepancies in the financial statements after she had followed


To me the primary POE for A, B, D and E was the unnecessary use of perfect tenses. Additionally I am not quite sure on differences between the usage of "when" and the usage of "after", and how that plays in this sentence as both seem fine to me.

Can anyone comment. Thanks!


On first look, I could take out Option A,B and E.
Present perfect tense is not used correctly here.

Usage of When and After: If you look at the usage in the sentence, when is indicating that the 2 actions happened at the same time.

The accountant discovered when she followed a trail of paper work

Use of after is giving the sequence of event in option B. Ideally discovery should happen after following up on the trail work and coming up with some proof. So in option B meaning is completely changed. as it says first something was discovered and then accountant followed up. Moreover, with words such as after, before use of past perfect tense is not essential at the past events are well defined with their point of occurrence.

Down to C and D. Now, If I go by meaning, The accountant would have followed a trail of paper work before discovering anything. Thus past perfect tense with followed is required.

For me D should be the answer but OA is C.

Will appreciate some inputs from experts on this.


A good question about meaning

The problem with D is that the logic leads you to two events that happens both at the same time in the past.

She followed the evidences and as a result found something else. For istance B would be right but the usage of after makes it wrong. Moreover, here you have to connect the logical flow of the sentence: very important is the following of the trail after one year of work.

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I believe that when we have two past actions and when the order in which both the actions happened is clear, such as in this question, we need not specifically mention the tense with "had" with the first action and second certainly doesn't need one.
However in cases when order of the 2 events is not clearly mentioned or is unobvious, we need to put a "had" with the preceding action.
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Still not convinced why D is wrong :s
after all, the following up started way earlier than the discovery !
are there any other possible explanations to disqualify D?
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maggie27 wrote:
I believe that when we have two past actions and when the order in which both the actions happened is clear, such as in this question, we need not specifically mention the tense with "had" with the first action and second certainly doesn't need one.
However in cases when order of the 2 events is not clearly mentioned or is unobvious, we need to put a "had" with the preceding action.

I agree with this.Something i learned from eGmat tutorial.
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boiled down to C and D.
"following a year-long search" indicates time series -> past perfect should not be used.
Also, "following" has 2 traps.
1/ test takers think the other half of the sentence is unimportant.
2/ "following" is not a result of an action of the preceding clause.
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