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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
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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


Lets bring Obama into the picture instead of Hally, the comet for a moment :-D

Rephrase with C - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as (he did) in his presidential race of 2008. (We can omit 'he did' and still convey the same meaning)
Sensation caused by Obama in all the previous elections is compared with sensation caused by Obama in presidential race.)
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (it did) in its return of 1910-1911

Rephrase with A - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as did his presidential race of 2008. ( Incorrect comparison. Sensation caused by Obama in all the previous elections is compared incorrectly with sensation caused by presidential election. But we should compare sensations caused by Obama in both the cases.)
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (did its return in 1910-1911)


B - no need to discuss. Had is not necessary. Changes the meaning.

Rephrase with D - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as his presidential race of 2008 did. (again sensation by Obama is compared with sensation caused by presidential election. Same problem as A.
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (its return of 1910-1911 did )

Rephrase with E - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as his presidential race of 2008. ( Here sentence ends abruptly. Here sensation caused by Obama is compared with presidential race itself.
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return in 1910-1911

Ofcourse we all can come up with explanations once we know OA. :wink:
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Illustration: Lets take a look at elliptical construction before going for the solution.
Consider the following sentence:
In no other play did William Shakespeare cause such a spectacle as Hamlet.
This is ambiguous. there are two possible interpretations:
(1) ...as IN Hamlet (this is analogous to the intended meaning of the posted problem)
(2) ...as DID Hamlet (i.e., you're comparing the spectacle caused by Shakespeare to the spectacle caused by Hamlet himself).
So we need the “in” to clarify the intended meaning.
Now lets look at the options.
Only C coincides with the concept that is tested above.
C is the correct answer.

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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

I am aware of the fact that this question has been discussed in various places but i have few doubts on this.
1.Here since as is being used some comparison is being made right?So can someone explain what comparison is made in this questions?
2.In various forums its mentioned as becoz of parallelism also the option C is chosen as right answer.Can someone help me in undertstanding these two doubts i have on this question..


Hi Skamal,

Yes you are right "as" is indicating a comparison. The comparison is between the events "In no other historical sighting" and "In its return in 1910 - 1911"

In the question the parallel structures will be the two prepositional phrases. I would say that the question is more a comparison question than a parallelism one.

Apart from (C) other options are comparing "its return" with " In no other historical sighting"

As the question has been discussed several times I'll try a different approach. Let us form a simple question on similar grounds.

In no other public occasion I felt estranged as did my own wedding with Julia.

(A) did my own wedding with Julia
(B) had my wedding with Julia
(C) in my own wedding with Julia
(D) my own wedding with Julia did
(E) my own wedding with Julia


The above question contains a similar comparison and the answers have the same errors. What it does not contain is the middle part that the original sentence has which makes the two comparison elements far from each other. (C) clearly stands out as a winner.

In the above question the parallelism (if any) is between the two prepositional phrases - "In no other public occasion" and "in my own wedding with Julia". To sum up it is just a simple comparison question.


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'C' it is...

The llism, "In no other historical sighting ....as in...."
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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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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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A for ||ism.

Cant be C and D. "return of" illogically suggests the return of 1910, rather than of the commet.
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Sorry souvik but the sentence is underlined in a wrong manner. Of course is a a small error but changes the understanding of the same

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

here we compare two times about halley's sight. The phrase begins with IN so the second part must beging with IN.

C is correct
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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.
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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


Lets rewrite the sentence.

Halley 's comet did cause ( caused) such a worlwide sensation in no other historical sighting as in its return of 1910-1911
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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


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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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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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.

(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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Concept tested: Parallelism, Verb tenses, ellipses
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Illustration: Lets take a look at elliptical construction before going for the solution.
Consider the following sentence:
In no other play did William Shakespeare cause such a spectacle as Hamlet.
This is ambiguous. there are two possible interpretations:
(1) ...as IN Hamlet (this is analogous to the intended meaning of the posted problem)
(2) ...as DID Hamlet (i.e., you're comparing the spectacle caused by Shakespeare to the spectacle caused by Hamlet himself).
So we need the “in” to clarify the intended meaning.
Now lets look at the options.
Only C coincides with the concept that is tested above.
C is the correct answer.

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(D) its return of 1910–1911 did
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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

I am aware of the fact that this question has been discussed in various places but i have few doubts on this.
1.Here since as is being used some comparison is being made right?So can someone explain what comparison is made in this questions?
2.In various forums its mentioned as becoz of parallelism also the option C is chosen as right answer.Can someone help me in undertstanding these two doubts i have on this question..
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Hi eski,

Please see my comments in blue.

Q. In no other public occasion I felt estranged as did my own wedding with Julia.

(A) did my own wedding with Julia
(B) had my wedding with Julia
(C) in my own wedding with Julia
(D) my own wedding with Julia did
(E) my own wedding with Julia

The whole statement , without omission is :
In no other public occasion I felt estranged as in my own wedding with Julia .

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So comparision is between "no other public occasion" v/s "in my own wedding" both are preposition phase


No, the comparison is between "In no other public occasion" with "in my own wedding"

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Have I got the concept till this point?

if Yes, now if we take following statement:
In no other public occasion I felt estranged as own wedding with Julia .

is this a right construction , here 'in my' is omitted , is it implied?


No, "in my" is not implied. When we omit a word or few then the meaning of the sentence does not change even after omitting. But in this case if you omit "in my" then the comparison becomes incorrect.

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if implied , then , as compares "on other public occasion" v/s "in my own wedding"


Again the comparison is between "In no other public occasion" and "in my own wedding"

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if no , then , as compares "on other public occasion" v/s "own wedding" -- which is wrong I guess .


Yes, but as compares "In no other public occasion" with "own wedding", this comparison is clearly incorrect.

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I've a question - C stands out from the rest for sure, but "in its return of 1910–1911" isn't this structure bit awkward?


Hi bagdbmba,

Sometimes a grammatically correct sentence might sound awkward, most probably because we are not used to a particular usage in our colloquial language.

For this reason, it is not advisable to identify errors based on how a sentence sounds.

This sentence presents a clear comparison and both the entities (in no other historical sighting and in its return of 1910-1911) are clearly parallel.

Therefore option C is the correct answer.

Also, since this is an official sentence, we can learn from this sentence that this usage is correct. :)


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