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In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

(A) did its return in 1910–1911 - The comparison is made between Halley's Comet and its return
(B) had its 1910–1911 return - Incorrect sentence structure
(C) in its return of 1910–1911 - Correct parallelism maintained between the historical sighting and the return
(D) its return of 1910–1911 did - Incorrect Parallelism
(E) its return in 1910–1911 - Incorrect Parallelism


Hence, C is the correct answer
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For those who love GMATNinja 's explanations, head to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsa-RaX765o and start at 47:14
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There is so much confusion due to the convoluted manner in which the sentence has been drafted. If we re-write it,

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Halley's Comet caused such a worldwide sensation in no other historical sighting as its return did in 1910 -1911.

(A) did its return in 1910-1911 ---- (its return did in 1910 -1911.) Here the subject is the Halley's Comet. 'Its' also dutifully represents the comet's. However, unfortunately, in the second leg, the comparison goes awry because we are comparing a comet with its return, namely its action, which is grammatically wrong. Therefore A is out.


(B) had its 1910-1911 return --- its 1910-1911 return had (caused) -- As in A, the comparison is faulty between the comet and its return.

(C) in its return of 1910-1911 -- The only choice in which the comet compares the sensation in the previous sightings to the sensation in its return in 1910-1911. The preposition 'in' is the cue to true parallelism.

(D) its return of 1910-1911 did -- the same problem as in B.

(E) its return in 1910-1911 -- comparison is between the comet and its return.

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Would you please suggest why A is incorrect?
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Would you please suggest why A is incorrect?


Minor issue:
Check out the topic "Helping Verbs" in chapter 12 MGMAT SC guide.
Here "did" is kind of playing pronoun role for a verb. There is only one other verb in the sentence i.e. cause. So if you replace "did" with "cause"
as cause its return in 1910-1911.
It doesn't make sense.

Major Issue: as did its return in 1910-1911. If you leave the helping verb error aside, the second part means the comet's return caused some sensation. This is wrong.
Comet's return did not cause any sensation, the comet itself did.
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Since we are comparing what happened in the other historical sightings the best fit is C, as that is the only one that also has that as its subject.
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Halley 's comet did cause such a worlwide sensation in no other historical sighting as (it did) in its return of 1910-1911
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Hello Everyone!

This is a difficult question, so let's dive in! First, take a quick look at the question and highlight any of the major differences between the options in orange, so we can focus on those later:

In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

(A) did its return in 1910-1911
(B) had its 1910-1911 return
(C) in its return of 1910-1911
(D) its return of 1910-1911 did
(E) its return in 1910-1911

Since this is such a short sentence with such short options, let's just focus on the type of question this is: COMPARISON!

Whenever we see comparisons like this, an easy trick to try is to reword it with the two items compared sitting next to each other:

Original Sentence: In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
Reworded Sentence: Halley's comet caused such a worldwide sensation in no other historical sighting as did its return in 1910-1911.

No matter how you word this sentence, it's clear that the two items being compared are the original sighting of Halley's comet and its return in 1910-1911. When looking at each sentence, let's make sure that the two items are parallel:

(A) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
(B) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as had its 1910-1911 return.
(C) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as in its return of 1910-1911.
(D) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return of 1910-1911 did.
(E) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return in 1910-1911.


Well that was quick - the only sentence that compared two parallel items is option C! Whenever you see a comparison question on the GMAT, parallelism is a great place to start. Parallelism is the most common problem with comparison questions, even if the sentence is long-winded or complicated!


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In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

The easiest way to break down a comparisons q is to 1. un-invert any inverted sentences (verb before subject) and 2. find the thing & part of speech being compared:

Halley's comment did not cause ...in any other sighting as _[in the 1910-1911 sighting]_.

Comparison of TWO sightings (prepositional phrase)

(A) did its return in 1910-1911 - incorrect, the "did" makes it nonparallel

(B) had its 1910-1911 return - incorrect, "had" makes this nonparallel

(C) in its return of 1910-1911 - correct, two prep phrases ("its return" is a stand-in for the particular sighting)

(D) its return of 1910-1911 did - incorrect, same reason as A

(E) its return in 1910-1911 - incorrect, need to be a prep phrase to be parallel to the first part of sentence.
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I am still finding it difficult to understand why option E is wrong. Considering that the only difference between option C and E is the use of "in" at the start in option C (assuming that both, "of" in option C and "in" in option E can refer to the time period (1910-1911)), can someone explain why including "in" at the start is absolutely necessary, and why can't it be a part of the elliptical construction?

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Is "return of 1910-1911" a correct idiom? Shouldn't it be "return in 1910-1911" ?
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Is "return of 1910-1911" a correct idiom? Shouldn't it be "return in 1910-1911" ?
Return of is fine. Here it is used to specify which "return" (of the comet) the sentence is referring to.
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This can answered quickly if we convert first clause to active voice:

So "In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation" is converted to "Halley's comet caused such a worldwide sensation in no other historical sightings".

So the full sentence would read (with the correct answer)

Halley's comet caused such as worldwide sensation "in no other historical sightings" as "in its return in 1910-1911."
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I fleshed out the comparison issues as follows:
(A) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did(cause) its return in 1910-1911.

(B) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as had(caused) its return in 1910-1911.
In tenses terms, B implies that the sensation happened prior to the return. This doesn't make sense.

(C) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as in its return of 1910-1911.

(D) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return of 1910-1911 did .

(E) In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return in 1910-1911.
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A quick question here, guys.

Hypothetically, if the original sentence were something like:
No other historical sighting of Halley's comet caused such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
would option A be correct then?

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A quick question here, guys.

Hypothetically, if the original sentence were something like:
No other historical sighting of Halley's comet caused such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
would option A be correct then?

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Yes, 'sighting' is parallel to 'its return' here.
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A quick question here, guys.

Hypothetically, if the original sentence were something like:
No other historical sighting of Halley's comet caused such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.
would option A be correct then?

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I suppose "no other" requires "than", not "as". A native speaker might want to confirm this.
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In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.


(A) did its return in 1910-1911

(B) had its 1910-1911 return

(C) in its return of 1910-1911

(D) its return of 1910-1911 did

(E) its return in 1910-1911


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(F) it did in its return of 1910-1911

Which is more preferable?

(C) in its return of 1910-1911 or (F) it did in its return of 1910-1911




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Lets bring Obama into the picture instead of Hally, the comet for a moment :-D

Rephrase with C - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as (he did) in his presidential race of 2008. (We can omit 'he did' and still convey the same meaning)
Sensation caused by Obama in all the previous elections is compared with sensation caused by Obama in presidential race.)
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (it did) in its return of 1910-1911

Rephrase with A - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as did his presidential race of 2008. ( Incorrect comparison. Sensation caused by Obama in all the previous elections is compared incorrectly with sensation caused by presidential election. But we should compare sensations caused by Obama in both the cases.)
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (did its return in 1910-1911)


B - no need to discuss. Had is not necessary. Changes the meaning.

Rephrase with D - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as his presidential race of 2008 did. (again sensation by Obama is compared with sensation caused by presidential election. Same problem as A.
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (its return of 1910-1911 did )

Rephrase with E - In no other election did Obama cause such a sensation as his presidential race of 2008. ( Here sentence ends abruptly. Here sensation caused by Obama is compared with presidential race itself.
In no other historical sighting did Halley's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return in 1910-1911

Ofcourse we all can come up with explanations once we know OA. :wink:
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If there was an option

(F) it did in its return of 1910-1911

Which is more preferable?

(C) in its return of 1910-1911 or (F) it did in its return of 1910-1911
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it the two nouns compared are different because their adjectival phrases, normally preposition phrases, are different , we can use "that,those" . if the two nouns compared are different because the full clauses modifying them are different, we use only adverb of the second clause.

this is a case in which we use only adverb for the second part of comparison.

if we know this point, we can quickly realize the nouns compared and solve the problem.
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