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Hello friends,

Here is the detailed solution to this complex SC problem.

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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

C. in its return of 1910-1911

D. its return of 1910-1911 did

E. its return in 1910-1911

Sentence Structure

Meaning

The sentence presents some information about Halley’s Comet. Per the sentence, this comet did not create such a worldwide excitement in any other historical sighting. The latter part of the sentence starts with the comparison word “as.” The sentence presents a comparison between Halley’s Comet and its return. This comparison is illogical.

From the context of the sentence, we can infer that the sentence intends to present the comparison between all the other sightings of Halley’s Comet and its sighting in 1910-1911. The basis of the comparison is that Halley’s Comet did not create as much excitement worldwide as it did when it came back in 1910-1911.

Comparison Error leading to Meaning Error: As we can see from the Meaning Analysis, this sentence compares Halley’s Comet with its return. This comparison is not logical. The intended comparison is between the sensation caused by Halley’s Comet in any other sighting and the sensation caused by it in 1910-1911.

A. did its return in 1910-1911
Incorrect: This choice is incorrect, as explained in the Error Analysis section.

Incorrect:
1. Comparison Error leading to Meaning Error: This choice repeats the illogical comparison error we found in Choice A.

2. Verb Error: The use of the helping verb “had” in the second part of the comparison as a replacement for the verb “did cause,” used in the first part of the comparison, is incorrect. The sentence must use the helping verb “did” to replace “did cause.”

C. in its return of 1910-1911
Correct: This option correctly presents the intended comparison. The compared entities in this choice are: “sensation caused in no other historical sighting” and “sensation caused in its return of 1910-1911”. Note that the usage of the prepositional phrase “in its return…” after “as” is correct because the SV pair “it did” is understood.

D. its return of 1910-1911 did
Incorrect: Comparison Error leading to Meaning Error: This choice repeats the illogical comparison error we found in Choice A.

E. its return in 1910-1911
Incorrect: Expression Error: This sentence uses “as” to present comparison and hence, must be followed by a clause. But the omission of the verb for the subject “its return” leads to an error.

1. The entities compared must be logical.
2. The verbs used in both parts of the comparison must be written in the correct tense to present the intended comparison correctly.

Hope this helps.
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Originally posted by egmat on 28 Oct 2021, 08:55.
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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-
mymba99 wrote:
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

(C) in its return of 1910-1911

(D) its return of 1910-1911 did

(E) its return in 1910-1911

Concepts tested here: Comparison + Awkwardness/Redundancy

• Comparison must always be made between similar things.

A: Trap. This answer choice incorrectly compares the prepositional phrase "In no other historical sighting" to the verb phrase "did its return in 1910-1911"; please remember, a comparison must always be made between similar things. Further, Option A use the passive voice construction "did its return in 1910-1911", leading to awkwardness and redundancy.

B: This answer choice incorrectly compares the prepositional phrase "In no other historical sighting" to the verb phrase "had its return in 1910-1911"; please remember, a comparison must always be made between similar things.

C: Correct. This answer choice correctly compares the prepositional phrase "In no other historical sighting" with the prepositional phrase "in its return of 1910-1911". Further, Option C is free of any awkwardness or redundancy.

D: Trap. This answer choice incorrectly compares the prepositional phrase "In no other historical sighting" to the verb phrase "its return in 1910-1911 did"; please remember, a comparison must always be made between similar things.

E: Trap. This answer choice incorrectly compares the prepositional phrase "In no other historical sighting" to the noun phrase "its return in 1910-1911"; please remember, a comparison must always be made between similar things.

Hence, C is the best answer choice.

All the best!
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Dear All,

In the 12th ed, the OA is indeed (C).

Options (A) and (D) are wrong as the comparison is between the comet and its return. Choice (C) grammatically compares parallel prepositional phrases beginning with the preposition in: in no other sighting and in its return in 1910-1911.

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this is an elliptical construction .. constructions in which certain words are omitted .. the omitted words are implied within the clause itself

In no other historical sighting did Halley's Comet cause such a worldwide sensation AS [it did] in its return of 1910-1911

AS introduces comparison .... 'in no other historical sighting' can be logically compared to 'in its return'

C is correct

Hallye's Comet is the subject

Halley's Comet did not cause such a worldwide sensation in any other historical sighting as [it did] in its return in 1910-1911

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Let me know if the following helps:

The issues in this particular problem is not so much ellipsis (a common issue in comparisons), as the logic of the comparisons.

The following comparisons both mean the same thing, but compare different parts of the sentence:

1. Sue studies more at night than she does during the day. (The sentence compares Sue to herself.)

2. Sue studies more at night than during the day. (The sentence compares the times, 'at night' and 'during the day.')

Ellipses, i.e., leaving out a word or phrase because that exact word or phrase appears elsewhere in the sentence, can be identified any time a phrase is left incomplete:

Ex. Joe's is an especially well constructed house. ('house'-omitted)
Ex. Joe's shoes are nicer than Bob's. ('shoes'- omitted)
Ex. Joe is taller than Bob. ('is'- omitted)
Ex. Joe's house is better constructed than Bob's. ('is constructed'-omitted)

A problem arises when the word that would complete the phrase never shows up or does not make sense!
Ex. I have and always will love steak. ('loved'-missing!)
Ex. Joe hated steak as I child more than I do now ('hate'-missing!)
Ex. Joe eats burgers faster than the the rate of the burger-eating-champion. ('eats' is the verb that would complete the 2nd clause, but it wouldn't make sense. This is how you know the comparison is illogical.)

(For more on the logic of comparisons, check out the comparisons lesson at gmaxonline.)
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Concept tested: Parallelism, Verb tenses, ellipses
Difficulty:750
Illustration: Lets take a look at elliptical construction before going for the solution.
Consider the following sentence:
In no other play did William Shakespeare cause such a spectacle as Hamlet.
This is ambiguous. there are two possible interpretations:
(1) ...as IN Hamlet (this is analogous to the intended meaning of the posted problem)
(2) ...as DID Hamlet (i.e., you're comparing the spectacle caused by Shakespeare to the spectacle caused by Hamlet himself).
So we need the “in” to clarify the intended meaning.
Now lets look at the options.
Only C coincides with the concept that is tested above.
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In no other historical sighting did Halleyâ€™s comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

A. did its return in 1910-1911

C. in its return of 1910-1911

D. its return of 1910-1911 did

E. its return in 1910-1911

I am aware of the fact that this question has been discussed in various places but i have few doubts on this.
1.Here since as is being used some comparison is being made right?So can someone explain what comparison is made in this questions?
2.In various forums its mentioned as becoz of parallelism also the option C is chosen as right answer.Can someone help me in undertstanding these two doubts i have on this question..
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skamal7 wrote:
In no other historical sighting did Halleyâ€™s comet cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

A. did its return in 1910-1911

C. in its return of 1910-1911

D. its return of 1910-1911 did

E. its return in 1910-1911

I am aware of the fact that this question has been discussed in various places but i have few doubts on this.
1.Here since as is being used some comparison is being made right?So can someone explain what comparison is made in this questions?
2.In various forums its mentioned as becoz of parallelism also the option C is chosen as right answer.Can someone help me in undertstanding these two doubts i have on this question..

Hi Skamal,

Yes you are right "as" is indicating a comparison. The comparison is between the events "In no other historical sighting" and "In its return in 1910 - 1911"

In the question the parallel structures will be the two prepositional phrases. I would say that the question is more a comparison question than a parallelism one.

Apart from (C) other options are comparing "its return" with " In no other historical sighting"

As the question has been discussed several times I'll try a different approach. Let us form a simple question on similar grounds.

In no other public occasion I felt estranged as did my own wedding with Julia.

(A) did my own wedding with Julia
(B) had my wedding with Julia
(C) in my own wedding with Julia
(D) my own wedding with Julia did
(E) my own wedding with Julia

The above question contains a similar comparison and the answers have the same errors. What it does not contain is the middle part that the original sentence has which makes the two comparison elements far from each other. (C) clearly stands out as a winner.

In the above question the parallelism (if any) is between the two prepositional phrases - "In no other public occasion" and "in my own wedding with Julia". To sum up it is just a simple comparison question.

Hope that helps,

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mohnish104 wrote:
In no other historical Halley’s Comet sighting did cause such a worldwide sensation as did its return in 1910-1911.

(A) did its return in 1910–1911
(C) in its return of 1910–1911
(D) its return of 1910–1911 did
(E) its return in 1910–1911

Hi guys.
This is OG question, please do not post the wrong OA. OA is C for this question.
Explanation:

in no other historical Halley'sComet sighting did .............as in its return of 1910-1911

Only C keeps the comparison valid, other options do not maintain parallel structure.

Hope it helps.
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Hi E-GMAT,

Whenever we used "AS" for comparision. Then "AS" should be followed by a clause. But in this sentence "In no other historical sighting did Halley 's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as in its return of 1910-1911"

The two items which are compared are 1.In no other historical sighting & 2.in its return of 1910-1911. which are prepositional phares . So is there any rule ,which i'm missing?

Thanks

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Originally posted by Nitinaka19 on 14 Mar 2014, 07:55.
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Nitinaka19 wrote:
Hi E-GMAT,
Whenever we used "AS" for comparison. Then "AS" should be followed by a clause. But in this sentence "In no other historical sighting did Halley 's comet cause such a worldwide sensation as in its return of 1910-1911"
The two items which are compared are 1.In no other historical sighting & 2.in its return of 1910-1911. which are prepositional phares . So is there any rule ,which i'm missing?
Thanks
Nitin Singh

Dear Nitin,

Thank you for posting your query here. As the previous poster has correctly pointed out, "it did" has been omitted in this sentence. This is a case of ellipsis, which can be applied in comparisons as long as the intended meaning is clear. This rule is covered in our concept file on comparisons as well as in our live session on Parallelism. Be sure to review those, if you haven't already done so.

To be sure that ellipsis is used correctly, first identify the two entities being compared. In this case, the two entities are:

1. The worldwide sensation Halley's Comet caused in other historical sightings
2. The worldwide sensation Halley's Comet caused in its return in 1910-11.

Since this intended meaning is clear in option C, it is the best choice.

I hope this helps to clarify your doubt!

Regards,
Meghna

Originally posted by egmat on 14 Mar 2014, 11:28.
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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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baaniNitin wrote:
difficult question , need to find parallelism
in........in

Yes, correctly identified.. a bit further detailing may be useful, since this case is an extreme example of eliminating repeated parts from the second element of the parallel structure:

Whenever parallelism or comparison is identified, we must examine which 2 elements are being made parallel or compared. In this case :

comparison marker: such ....... as .........

element 1: Haley's comet did cause a worldwide sensation in no other historical sighting (words rearranged for easy understanding)
element 2: Haley's comet did cause a worldwide sensation in its return of 1910-1911.

In order to avoid repetition and by virtue of parallelism, the element 2 should generally shortened as below:

element 2: it (instead of Haley's comet) did (did cause a worldwide sensation shortened) in its return of 1910-1911.

The sentence would then become:

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

However option C goes even a step further in eliminating the repeated portion - it eliminates the subject (it) and the verb (did) from the second clause altogether! The sentence then becomes:
In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as it did in its return of 1910–1911.
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Is this question right? I am not able to understand the meaning of sentence. It seems words 'sighting' and 'did' are misplaced.
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smit1988 wrote:
Is this question right? I am not able to understand the meaning of sentence. It seems words 'sighting' and 'did' are misplaced.

This question is wrongly worded. The correct sentence should be as follows:
In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as in its return of 1910–1911.

This is an extreme example of eliminating repeated parts from the second element of a parallel structure:

Whenever parallelism or comparison is identified, we must examine which 2 elements are being made parallel or compared. In this case :

comparison marker: such ....... as .........

element 1: Haley's comet did cause a worldwide sensation in no other historical sighting (underlined words rearranged for easy understanding)
element 2: Haley's comet did cause a worldwide sensation in its return of 1910-1911.

In order to avoid repetition and by virtue of parallelism, the element 2 should generally shortened as below:

element 2: it (instead of Haley's comet) did (did cause a worldwide sensation shortened) in its return of 1910-1911.

The sentence would then become:

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

However option C goes even a step further in eliminating the repeated portion - it eliminates the subject (it) and the verb (did) from the second clause altogether! The sentence then becomes:
In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as it did in its return of 1910–1911.
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This SC is interesting because most of the wrong answers are written "how people talk", which is to say that they're wrong for grammatical reasons that people do not think about when speaking.

There really is just one rule that matters here: Parallelism.

1) Parallelism: The sentence opens with "IN no other historical sighting…."; the second part of the sentence offers a comparison with the first part, so we need to use Parallel format. Only one answer is written in this way.

Accurately solving requires understanding what is the intended comparison. We're not comparing comets, or even sightings of the comet. The author seeks to compare the extent to which the comet causes a sensation in the 1910 sighting vs the extent to which it caused a sensation in any other sighting ; this is a comparison of actions.

The 1st non-underlined part (simplified) is "Never did the comet cause such a sensation..." the ideal, parallel comparison would end with "as it caused in 1910". Only answer C provides an even comparison. C is correct.

A, B and D fail to convey that the comet causes the sensation. Instead they imply that the comet's return causes the sensation.

E fails to compare actions.

Another way to see why C is correct is to realize that for parallelism's sake, "in no other sighting" should be compared with "as in the 1910 return". This alone should eliminate most answers.

To make a parallel comparison, the sentence needs to say in X as in Y. Only answer choice C gives us this construction:

In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as in its return of 1910-11.

Eliminate A, B, D and E. The correct answer is C.
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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
(C) in its return of 1910–1911
(D) its return of 1910–1911 did
(E) its return in 1910–1911

parallelism in comparison

In no other historical sighting .... as in its return of 1910–1911

Though,

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

would also be correct, I think.
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