You asking us a very fact specific question. To answer questions of this kind one would need to review the record of your travel not take your word for it. If your 7 months stay abroad happened longer than five years immediately preceding your application for naturalization but were otherwise eligible to apply, you needed not wait five years. You needed to wait 4 years and 1 day.
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Bring the file and all submission to a practicing immigration attorney to review your exact timelines and possible disruption in the requisite residency to calculate the accurate initial time for the five years necessary for your N400.
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. It sounds like the interviewing officer is inquiring into whether you've abandoned your residency. You working abroad for a period of time complicates matters. Consult with and retain an attorney as soon as you can.
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