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# Halley’s comet

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27 Nov 2008, 02:59
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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27 Nov 2008, 03:37
ecause 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

I think 'interval' should be followed by 'between'. Between A and C, 'between its passes' is better because we need two points - in this case 'passes'
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27 Nov 2008, 09:17
I would go for B.

C, D and E are out because passes close to earth does not dound right.
A , between comes only when there are two distinct objects, here it would be ambiguous which they two are, whether they are orbits or planets.

B looks best option amongst all.
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27 Nov 2008, 16:38
lgon wrote:
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

IMO D

A and C does not use BETWEEN properly.

In E AS calls a subordinate clause that makes the sentence awkward.

I was between B and D. D sounds better because the comet passes a few times and not a continue action of passing.

OA pls!
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27 Nov 2008, 18:05
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atletikos wrote:
ecause 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

I think 'interval' should be followed by 'between'. Between A and C, 'between its passes' is better because we need two points - in this case 'passes'

I agree. It is C. The sentence is referring to the interval of 76 year. First pass and the second pass happens after 76 years. The time interval of 76 years is the time interval between the first pass and second pass (or) between its passes.
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27 Nov 2008, 22:31
My choice is B. Can v have the OA now?
lgon wrote:
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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27 Nov 2008, 23:45
C.
I think B,D and E all change the intent of the sentence.
the focus here is not on halley's comet passing close to earth but that it changes orbit slightly.
Also, change in its orbit should result in the collision and not its passing close to earth.
'passing' in A is wrong.
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28 Nov 2008, 02:30
C here too !! .. OA pls !!
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