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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 Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halley’s comet
(D) as will Halley’s comet
(E) as Halley’s comet will do

plz expln rule/concept if possible. Thanks
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07 May 2008, 12:23
saravalli 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 Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halley’s comet
(D) as will Halley’s comet
(E) as Halley’s comet will do

plz expln rule/concept if possible. Thanks

i think E is best..

E creates the right comparison and tense structure..

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07 May 2008, 12:31
i think its A. In 'E', I am not comfortable with that 'will do' piece at the end there. ..

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07 May 2008, 12:55
I go with A.

C, D, and E all start with 'as' and create an improper comparison.

the comet Crommelin passed the Earth at about the same distance and in about the same position, as ....

The comet passed at the same degree an position as Halley's comet.

This compares the path of the Crommelin to Halley's comet.

'is to be passing' is clearly wrong in B.

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07 May 2008, 13:11
saravalli 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 Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halley’s comet
(D) as will Halley’s comet
(E) as Halley’s comet will do

plz expln rule/concept if possible. Thanks

My sentence rewrite:

The comet Crommelin passed the Earth at about the same distance and in about the same position that Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halley’s comet (missing future tense)
(D) as will Halley’s comet
(E) as Halley’s comet will do

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07 May 2008, 13:14
E for me too.
will do in the end cleary singnals that Hally's comet will actually pass the earth in the same position etc..it emphasis on the action.
As is used correct here it signals similarilty between crom's comet and halley's comet. That both use the same path. Anyways what the OA?

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07 May 2008, 13:26
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E for me too.
will do in the end cleary singnals that Hally's comet will actually pass the earth in the same position etc..it emphasis on the action.
As is used correct here it signals similarilty between crom's comet and halley's comet. That both use the same path. Anyways what the OA?

Take the BS out and you get:
(E)The Crommelin comet passed at the same position as Halley's comet will do.
(A)The Crommelin comet passed at the same position that Halley's comet will pass.

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07 May 2008, 13:44
I will go with E .

A is wrong due to

- Same that ,it should be same as
- that refers to position whereas we have to refer both position and distance

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Re: SC - Hally's comet [#permalink]

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08 May 2008, 01:42
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Mighty convoluted +1 for the question.

I pick D for ellipsis.

Same position as will Halley's comet sounds better than
same position that Halley's comet will pass.

Although it could well be A ....

About time the OA comes out.

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08 May 2008, 06:02

I think D might be passed..

E actually creates the wrong tense structure..

Comet PASSED the earth at about the same blah, as will Haley's Comet..

using DO in E..clashes with the past tense of PASSED..

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08 May 2008, 06:24
Thankyou. OA is D.

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20 Sep 2009, 07:36
i dont understand why E does not work??
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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 Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halley’s comet
(D) as will Halley’s comet
(E) as Halley’s comet will do

Please explain what's wrong with E.
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passed - past tense (Comet C)
will pass - future (Halley's Comet) (as will refers to this)
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22 Jul 2010, 12:46
In the first part of the sentence we have "he comet Crommelin passed the Earth at about the same distance"..Here we have passed (past tense). In the second part when we are referring to a future action "the next time it appears." so we have to use "will pass". When we say, "as will Halley's comet", it means "as Halley's comet will pass". In E, we have a completely different verb, "do".
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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 Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass - that modifies horizon, so incorrect.
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing- changes the meaning - sounds like it's about to pass it.
(C) as Halley’s comet- "as" required a subject and a verb
(D) as will Halley’s comet
(E) as Halley’s comet will do-is less concise than D
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We need 'as' for comparing clauses. That leaves C, D and E

we are comparing the below two:

the comet Crommelin passed
as Halley’s comet will [pass] or [passed].......

We are talking about future......Halley's comet will pass

As given, E will read....."comet Crommelin passed.......as Halley’s comet will do [pass]" - 'do' is present tense and needs 'pass' in present tense. When we use 'do' or 'did' it should be parallel with the earlier clause. Also, "will [do] [pass]" is unnecessary.

In option E....the following would have been correct.......the comet Crommelin passed......as Halley’s comet did [passed] - 'did' is past tense and would have been parallel to "comet Crommelin passed".

In option D.....as will Halley’s comet [pass] is correct because it is not using 'do'

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 Halley’s comet will pass the next time it appears.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
(C) as Halley’s comet - incomplete. 'as Halley's comet' what???
(D) as will Halley’s comet [pass] - CORRECT
(E) as Halley’s comet will do - see above

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24 Jul 2010, 06:15
"D" & "C" are same in meaning, no difference what so ever. The only thing which favors D is that its concise. If we use the principle of "Ellipses", then D is the correct one.
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28 Jul 2010, 23:55
Terrible to go with E ..............Just failed to see Will in option D ...........

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03 Sep 2010, 04:38
I also went with E.
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