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difficult question , need to find parallelism in........in
Yes, correctly identified.. a bit further detailing may be useful, since this case is an extreme example of eliminating repeated parts from the second element of the parallel structure:
Whenever parallelism or comparison is identified, we must examine which 2 elements are being made parallel or compared. In this case :
comparison marker: such ....... as .........
element 1: Haley's comet did cause a worldwide sensation in no other historical sighting (words rearranged for easy understanding) element 2: Haley's comet did cause a worldwide sensation in its return of 1910-1911.
In order to avoid repetition and by virtue of parallelism, the element 2 should generally shortened as below:
element 2: it (instead of Haley's comet) did (did cause a worldwide sensation shortened) in its return of 1910-1911.
The sentence would then become:
In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as it did in its return of 1910–1911.
However option C goes even a step further in eliminating the repeated portion - it eliminates the subject (it) and the verb (did) from the second clause altogether! The sentence then becomes: In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as it did in its return of 1910–1911.
I think C is the best option. Had the sentence said "No other historical sighting of Halley's comet caused such a worldwide sensation as ......" then I would go with A or E. But the subject of the sentence is Halley's comet and hence the end needs to relate to the comet and hence in its return of 1910-1911.
A. did its return in 1910-1911 - parallel. Good. B. had its 1910-1911 return - not parallel. C. in its return of 1910-1911 - 'as in its return' is just plain wrong. should be 'as its'. Also of should be replaced by in.
D. its return of 1910-1911 did - wrong. should be its return in . E. its return in 1910-1911 - wrong. not parallel(need did)
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