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In its most recent approach, the comet Crommelin passed the

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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
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21 Jan 2006, 04:20
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, as Halleyâ€™s comet will do the next time it appears.

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21 Jan 2006, 04:40
I made the question yesterday and initially got the same as razrulz. But it's wrong.

At frist we agree that it has to start with "as", because it's a comparison.

Secondly we need "will" in order to make clear that the comet will pass the earth .

"...the comet Crommelin passed the Earth at about the same ditance...as will Halleyâ€™s comet the next time it appears."

This is absolutely sufficient; the "do" might be redundant or distort the parallellism.

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21 Jan 2006, 10:18
D seems to be correct.

In E, the "as Halley's comet will do" makes the comparison absurd.

D actually need to be read as: "as will Halley's comet (pass) the next time it appears".
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21 Jan 2006, 22:59
Good job everyone. OA is D
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