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In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

(A) did its return in 1910–1911
(B) had its 1910–1911 return
(C) in its return of 1910–1911
(D) its return of 1910–1911 did
(E) its return in 1910–1911
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11 Nov 2009, 04:43
Lets complete the sentecne first as we think it should be.so i will complete as
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as [HALLEY'S COMET CAUSED] DURING/IN ITS SIGHTINGS OF 1910
Now see which option is closest
a) did its return in 1910-1911
b) had its 1910-1911 return
c) in its return of 1910-1911
d) its return of 1910-1911 did
e) its return in 1910-1911

C naturally is closest of all
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04 Jun 2010, 18:32
In no other historical sighting did Halley's Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

(A) did its return in 1910-1911
(B) had its 1910-1911 return
(C) in its return of 1910-1911
(D) its return of 1910-1911 did
(E) its return in 1910-1911

Please explain your answers.
Some questions:

a) What is the subject of the sentence?
b) What are we comparing?
c) if we change the construction by rephrasing the sentence with the subject coming first, what would be the correct sentence?

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this is an elliptical construction .. constructions in which certain words are omitted .. the omitted words are implied within the clause itself

In no other historical sighting did Halley's Comet cause such a worldwide sensation AS [it did] in its return of 1910-1911

AS introduces comparison .... 'in no other historical sighting' can be logically compared to 'in its return'

C is correct

Hallye's Comet is the subject

Halley's Comet did not cause such a worldwide sensation in any other historical sighting as [it did] in its return in 1910-1911

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06 Jun 2010, 13:18
Yep. C

for right ellipsis and In....as ...In construct.
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07 Jun 2010, 21:20
Are prepositional comparisons common on the gmat? Does anyone have any other examples of this kind of comparison?
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09 Jun 2010, 10:34
Serious doubts about this.

I haven't come across such elliptical constructions so far.

So can you explain How to identify elliptical constructions? Are there sme rules associated with it?

How are these different from normal constructions because the first thing i noticed about this question was faulty parallelism?
i.e. 'did it cause as [it did] in'
But as per that i got thisone wrong.

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09 Jun 2010, 11:44
Let me know if the following helps:

The issues in this particular problem is not so much ellipsis (a common issue in comparisons), as the logic of the comparisons.

The following comparisons both mean the same thing, but compare different parts of the sentence:

1. Sue studies more at night than she does during the day. (The sentence compares Sue to herself.)

2. Sue studies more at night than during the day. (The sentence compares the times, 'at night' and 'during the day.')

Ellipses, i.e., leaving out a word or phrase because that exact word or phrase appears elsewhere in the sentence, can be identified any time a phrase is left incomplete:

Ex. Joe's is an especially well constructed house. ('house'-omitted)
Ex. Joe's shoes are nicer than Bob's. ('shoes'- omitted)
Ex. Joe is taller than Bob. ('is'- omitted)
Ex. Joe's house is better constructed than Bob's. ('is constructed'-omitted)

A problem arises when the word that would complete the phrase never shows up or does not make sense!
Ex. I have and always will love steak. ('loved'-missing!)
Ex. Joe hated steak as I child more than I do now ('hate'-missing!)
Ex. Joe eats burgers faster than the the rate of the burger-eating-champion. ('eats' is the verb that would complete the 2nd clause, but it wouldn't make sense. This is how you know the comparison is illogical.)

(For more on the logic of comparisons, check out the comparisons lesson at gmaxonline.)
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10 Jun 2010, 09:54
Hmmm....have a confusion

Lets assume we omit the parts which are not required...but we don't have to necesarily

SO if there were an option that said
"as it did in 1910-1911 return" would it be your first choice rather than "as in its return in 1910-1911" ?

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papillon86 wrote:
In no other historical sighting did Halley's Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

(A) did its return in 1910-1911
(B) had its 1910-1911 return
(C) in its return of 1910-1911
(D) its return of 1910-1911 did
(E) its return in 1910-1911

Please explain your answers.
Some questions:

a) What is the subject of the sentence?
b) What are we comparing?
c) if we change the construction by rephrasing the sentence with the subject coming first, what would be the correct sentence?

Thanks
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Hmmm....have a confusion

Lets assume we omit the parts which are not required...but we don't have to necesarily

SO if there were an option that said
"as it did in 1910-1911 return" would it be your first choice rather than "as in its return in 1910-1911" ?

Thanks

Hi papillon86,

Almost, only you can't add "return" at the end once you already have 'did' in the sentence. So another correct option would be: "In no other sighting did the comet create such a sensation as it did (i.e. created) in 1910-1911."

Let me know if that's still confusing.

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12 Jul 2010, 16:05
Hi all ....

I have a query in this question :
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In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
A. did its return in 1910-1911
B. had its 1910-1911 return
C. in its return of 1910-1911
D. its return of 1910-1911 did
E. its return in 1910-1911

The correct option C says : in its return OF 1910-1911.

Now isnt this wrong coz it gives a very confusing meaning that the comet (somehow) returned the year 1910-11 !!?!?

So IMO , the correct ans actually should be: in its return IN 1910-1911
Could this be a typo in OG-12 ?!?!

Why i say this, is because, if one looks in the answer's explanation in OG-12 :
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The single subject of this sentence is Halley’s Comet, and its single verb phrase is did cause. The comparison presented by the sentence is between adverbial phrases describing times when the comet was seen. Grammatically, the items being compared are parallel prepositional phrases beginning with the preposition in: in no other sighting and in its return in 1910–1911. This is the clearest, most economical way of presenting the information. The options that introduce a second verb (did or had) violate the parallelism and introduce a comparison between the comet itself (subject of the verb did cause) and the comet’s return (subject of the verb did or had).

It means that they actually wanted to say that the best option is IN and not OF 1910-11.

Any thougts anyone !?!!!?
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Hi all ....

I have a query in this question :
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In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
A. did its return in 1910-1911
B. had its 1910-1911 return
C. in its return of 1910-1911
D. its return of 1910-1911 did
E. its return in 1910-1911

The correct option C says : in its return OF 1910-1911.

Now isnt this wrong coz it gives a very confusing meaning that the comet (somehow) returned the year 1910-11 !!?!?

So IMO , the correct ans actually should be: in its return IN 1910-1911
Could this be a typo in OG-12 ?!?!

Why i say this, is because, if one looks in the answer's explanation in OG-12 :
Quote:
The single subject of this sentence is Halley’s Comet, and its single verb phrase is did cause. The comparison presented by the sentence is between adverbial phrases describing times when the comet was seen. Grammatically, the items being compared are parallel prepositional phrases beginning with the preposition in: in no other sighting and in its return in 1910–1911. This is the clearest, most economical way of presenting the information. The options that introduce a second verb (did or had) violate the parallelism and introduce a comparison between the comet itself (subject of the verb did cause) and the comet’s return (subject of the verb did or had).

It means that they actually wanted to say that the best option is IN and not OF 1910-11.

Any thoughts anyone !?!!!?
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Hi tgtharvard,

There is no typo-- the parallel prepositional phrases are "in no other period" and "in its return". How the return is described is flexible. The "return of 1910" and the return "1910" are both correct, but have slightly different connotations. Similarly, you can say, "the war of 1911" and "the war in 1911;" the first is just more defining than describing.

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In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet
cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in
1910–1911
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(A) did its return in 1910–1911
(B) had its 1910–1911 return
(C) in its return of 1910–1911
(D) its return of 1910–1911 did
(E) its return in 1910–1911

Please explain your choices.
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24 Aug 2010, 12:49
What is the source of this question?
I doubt about OA. "As" is for clauses. "its return of 1910–1911" is a phrase, therefore C would be wrong.
What kind of function is performing "as" in this sentence? For me is a comparison. In this sense, C would be wrong.
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C for me..

Return of year --- correct idiom.

correct parallelism.
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25 Aug 2010, 09:55
i believe the question is from OG and the answer is C. however, what's wrong with D??
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25 Aug 2010, 10:27
tt11234,

Because with D it wont be parallel.

historical sighting of Hally comet should be parallel with the one of its return (i.e. sightings) in 1910-11..

'did' at the end of sentence is destroying that parallelism. Hence D is incorrect while C is correct.

I hope I was able to explain you. Thanks.
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In no other historical sighting did Halley's commet Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911

A) did its return in 1910-1911
B) had its 1910-1911 return
C) in its return of 1910-1911
D) its return of 1910-1911 did.
E) its return in 1910-1911
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17 Sep 2011, 11:20
I picked C....Option D was very tempting until I discovered "In no other ..... as in ..." in option C.
I'm not sure what is the mistake on D.
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19 Sep 2011, 19:23
I was just doing sentence correction in the OG 12 book earlier today and saw that you posted this question. Anyway, at first glance I would say that D (its return of 1910-1911 did) was indeed the correct answer. However, after further review, this is incorrect though. D here is implying that we are making a comparison between the comet and its return. The correct answer here is C based on OG answer explantion. Unlike answer D, choice C grammatically compares the correct parallel prepositional phases: in no other sighting and in its return in 1910-1911. Therefore C correctly compares the times the comet is sighted.
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