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18 May 2006, 07:14
In its most recent approach, the comet Crommelin passed the Earth at about the same distance and in about the same position, some 25 degrees above the horizon, that Halleyâ€™s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halleyâ€™s comet will pass
(B) that Halleyâ€™s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halleyâ€™s comet
(D) as will Halleyâ€™s comet
(E) as Halleyâ€™s comet will do

The right answer is the (2*4-6)th letter of "ADBCE" for those who want to test it. But this one was often discussed.
Still i have the following question:
Why is that words' order correct : the object X passed the earth at the same distance as will oject Y.

Why not "as object Y will"?

If the same is used for the past:

I came to the same place as you did(and not as did you)

or

the comet passed at the same place as comet y would(not would comet y)
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18 May 2006, 11:21
karlfurt wrote:
In its most recent approach, the comet Crommelin passed the Earth at about the same distance and in about the same position, some 25 degrees above the horizon, that Halleyâ€™s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halleyâ€™s comet will pass
(B) that Halleyâ€™s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halleyâ€™s comet
(D) as will Halleyâ€™s comet
(E) as Halleyâ€™s comet will do

The right answer is the (2*4-6)th letter of "ADBCE" for those who want to test it. But this one was often discussed.
Still i have the following question:
Why is that words' order correct : the object X passed the earth at the same distance as will oject Y.

Why not "as object Y will"?

If the same is used for the past:

I came to the same place as you did(and not as did you)

or

the comet passed at the same place as comet y would(not would comet y)

I vote "D". Correct idiom "same...as" is used. Also, "D" is comparing apples with apples and the tense is correct (future).
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18 May 2006, 11:27
karlfurt wrote:
Still i have the following question:
Why is that words' order correct : the object X passed the earth at the same distance as will oject Y.

Why not "as object Y will"?

If the same is used for the past:

I came to the same place as you did(and not as did you)

or

the comet passed at the same place as comet y would(not would comet y)

The order is important in this case because you can compare similar items, i.e. action/activity with action/activity, noun with noun and so on.

In "D", the location is compared with location. "A" & "B" are incorrect idiomatically so don't even go there.

In "C" and "E", location is compared with Halley's comet.

This is what I figured but I may be wrong.
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