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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


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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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