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In its most recent approach, the comet Crommelin passed the Earth at

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Re: In its most recent approach, the comet Crommelin passed the Earth at  [#permalink]

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HI mike,

Could you please provide your comments for option E?

as Halley’s comet will do.

what is the issue with this option.

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Dear PathFinder007,
I'm happy to respond. :-) Here's what I'll say. Some of the GMAT SC practice questions floating around on GC are very good. Magoosh and MGMAT have very good questions, and I have been impressed with many Veritas questions as well. Many others, though, are atrocious. Think about it. Not every car company that says, "We have the very best car on the market" actually has the best car---the claims of advertising often overstep the truth. Well, when a GMAT Prep Company says, "We have high quality SC practice questions," that's also an advertising claim, and you shouldn't just naively take them at their word. Many SC questions I have seen on this site are truly horrible questions. Caveat emptor!

Let's look at this questions. Here's the text again:
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

Choices (A) & (B) & (C) are abysmally wrong. Choices (D) & (E) are both perfectly correct. There is nothing at all wrong with (E). This question has two correct answers, and three other choices that really wouldn't tempt many test takers. This is an abominably bad question. I would give this question a grade of an F.

My friend, you are perfectly correct ---(E) works just as well as (D). The problem is not in your understanding. The problem lies in the question itself. Doing low quality SC practice questions will only confuse you---it will not build the skills you need to be successful on the GMAT. Here's a high quality practice question:
https://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3582

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Whats wrong with E?I fail to understand.
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Whats wrong with E?I fail to understand.
More insights please


Option E has nothing wrong grammatically. Option D is just more economical than option E in expressing the idea - you would recollect that we are supposed to choose the best option from the given choices.
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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. :-D Thanks


We need to show comparison , therefore as ...clause required here.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass Incorrect no comparison marker present.
(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing Incorrect no comparison marker present.
(C) as Halley’s comet no tense in as clause.. therefore incorrect
(D) as will Halley’s comet change in tense is explicitly mentioned
(E) as Halley’s comet will do Exact verb form missing after helping verb 'do' should be present elsewhere in the sentence. 'will do [color=#00aeef]pass' , pass is not mentioned anywhere . Incorrect [/color]
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Hey All,

I got asked to take this one on by PM, so here I am!

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.

This is a comparison question, so you have to make sure you're comparing the right two thing.

(A) that Halley’s comet will pass
PROBLEM: This would lead us to think that Halley's comet will pass the distance and position that Crommelin did. That isn't right. It should be PASSING at the distance and position that Crommelin did.

(B) that Halley’s comet is to be passing
PROBLEM: Same as above, "is to be passing" is not a correct construction. Just gibberish, really.

(C) as Halley’s comet
PROBLEM: You can't use "as" without a clause, and there's no verb after the comma in this choice.

(D) as will Halley’s comet
ANSWER: Now we have a verb, so "as" is correct. It's also now clear that we're comparing CLAUSES (the ACT of passing).

(E) as Halley’s comet will do
PROBLEM: "do" is trying to stand in for the verb "to pass" (because that's the action we're comparing: passing), which doesn't make any sense. You can't say "will do pass," but you can say "will pass" (which is why D is correct).

Hope that makes sense!

-t


Just adding my 2 cents here:

The idiom is same as NOT same that. "...the same distance...as Halley's..."

So A and B is out.
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