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Because Halley’s comet changes orbit slightly during the seventy-six-year interval between passing close to Earth, it may veer onto a collision course with a planet sometime in the distant future.

(A) between passing
(B) of passing
(C) between its passes
(D) of its passes
(E) as it passes

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2005, 23:00
E)...we need a noun "it" instead of a pronoun "its" => it (noun) passes (verb).moreover i think we need a conjunction such as "as".
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Re: SC: Halley's Comet [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 04:16
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Because Halley’s comet changes orbit slightly during the seventy-six-year interval between passing close to Earth, it may veer onto a collision course with a planet sometime in the distant future.

(A) between passing
(B) of passing
(C) between its passes
(D) of its passes
(E) as it passes


I know because of 'interval', we need use 'between'.

But why not A?
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Re: SC: Halley's Comet [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 05:03
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Because Halley’s comet changes orbit slightly during the seventy-six-year interval between passing close to Earth, it may veer onto a collision course with a planet sometime in the distant future.

(A) between passing
(B) of passing
(C) between its passes
(D) of its passes
(E) as it passes


MA could you please underline the SC's as they appear on the GMAT. Makes it easier on the eyes. Thanks

Here is my explanation:

A, C are eliminated because of "between". Use between when you are choosing from 2 things. The author isnt trying to choose "passing" and something else [not passing, maybe??].

The preposition "as" conveys the author's meaning.

Because Halley’s comet changes orbit slightly during the seventy-six-year interval as it passes close to Earth, <IC>

Dunno what is wrong with "B" and "D" gramatically. Except that when you say the following phrase "During the seventy-six year interval" AC "B" or "D" sound very awkard. But E makes sense of what the author is trying to say as the color code shows.

Any care to explain why B and D are grammtically wrong? I see a possessive form of the pronoun in D........
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 06:32
E is incomplete

"during the 76 yr interval as it passes''. which interval ???
as the sentence goes the stress is on the interval, and therefore it must be defined precisely.

C is best (interval between---).
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 16:56
I also picked (E), but now I can see the trick in this question.

Between is correct. Question talks about nth pass and (n+1)th pass (which occurs every 76 years).
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