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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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New post 19 Jun 2004, 16:28
I think it's C
'interval between' sounds idiomatic here, interval between what? -- between its passes
tough to explain why I picked C over A
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New post 19 Jun 2004, 21:18
Yes, C is the answer.
But I found between it's passes bit strange. I mean passes is a verb.. but here it is working as a noun..I checked with dictinary.com also and I didnt find anything to justify that passes can be used as it is used here in this sentence.
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New post 20 Jun 2004, 02:08
IMO here "passes" is not a verb.

"pass" can be used as a noun. for e.g.

"At each pass,the nightguard blew his whistle"

Haley's comet makes a pass once in 76 years. Between its passes,it does something ( changes its orbit slightly).

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New post 22 Jun 2004, 12:09
tough one .... I first chose the wrom one...

but the sentence here should be dealt as... halley's comet has a 76 year inerval and that interval is ''between'' two of ''its'' passes...
pass one ---- 76 years ----and then pass number 2...

''passes'' here is a plural form of the ''pass''

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