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3. 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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For me, E, D and B are wrong because they are ungramatical. Between A and C I choose C.
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Is it interval of or interval between?

According to Cambridge:

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interval (SPACE)
noun [C]

1 a period between two events or times, or the space between two points:

There's often a long interval between an author completing a book and it appearing in the shops.

2 at intervals repeated after a particular period of time or a particular distance:

In the event of fire, the alarm will sound at intervals of 15 seconds.

C best describes this situation because Halley`s Comet passes by Earth (between .15 and .40 AU) in a predictable perihelion orbital path every 76 years.
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" interval between two objects" is correct so C it is.
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of passing and passes, passes is better

between ... passes is idiomatic
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Wow what a great way to crack it.... GMATT73.

OA is nothing but C.

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