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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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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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I’ve always thought that this is one of the toughest comparison questions in any of the last eight editions of the official guide. (Related: my bookshelf is a hot, hot mess.) More than one answer choice sounds perfectly fine to me, and several of them would probably be acceptable in real life. But on the GMAT? We need to be unreasonably anal and literal and precise. Fun times.

We also covered this one in part 2 of our YouTube webinar on comparisons, so feel free to head over there if you prefer your explanations in video form.

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(A) did its return in 1910-1911

There are two ways to think about why (A) is wrong. First, we could think about what, exactly, is being compared: “in no other historical sighting did Halley’s comet cause such a worldwide sensation as ________.” The heart of the question is that we’re trying to compare what happened in other historical sightings to what happened in 1910-11. So to keep the comparison even, it makes more sense to fill in the blank above with “in its return of 1910-11.” And that’s answer choice (C). We’ll get to that one shortly.

The second tool that’s helpful here: the helping verb “did” can play a variety of roles in English, but in this case, it’s basically trying to replace another verb. Think of it as analogous to a pronoun, except that it refers to a verb instead of a noun. And that means that we can replace “did” with the verb phrase that it refers back to: “cause” (or "caused", if we take some minor liberties with the verb tense). So we have: “In no other historical sighting did Halley’s comet cause such a worldwide sensation as caused its return in 1910-11.”

That’s pretty ridiculously ugly. (A) is out, whichever way you prefer to think about it.

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(B) had its 1910-1911 return

I can’t make any sense of why we would use “had” here. I don’t really even understand what it means when it’s used by itself: I guess the sentence is trying to say “… as its 1910-11 return had caused”? Except that there’s no good reason to use past perfect here, and there’s no good reason to just hallucinate the word “caused” in that situation.

Plus… well, the heart of the comparison needs to revolve around the phrase “in no other historical sighting”, as discussed under answer choice (A). So (B) is gone.

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(C) in its return of 1910-1911

Bingo! I know that I’m repeating what I wrote for answer choice (A), but here’s the beginning of the sentence again: “in no other historical sighting did Halley’s comet cause such a worldwide sensation as ________.” The heart of the question is that we’re trying to compare what happened in other historical sightings to what happened in 1910-11. So to keep the comparison even, it makes more sense to fill in the blank above with “in its return of 1910-11.”

And that’s exactly what (C) does. Let’s keep it.

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(D) its return of 1910-1911 did

You can use the same argument for (D) as we did for (A): if “did” replaces “caused”, this makes no real sense. “In no other historical sighting did Halley’s comet cause such a worldwide sensation as its return of 1910-11 caused.” That’s not the very worst thing, but it certainly isn’t great – and it’s definitely not capturing the essence of the comparison as sharply as (C). So we can ditch (D).

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(E) its return in 1910-1911

(E) isn’t completely horrible, and I’d be fine with this in real life. But again, (C) does a much, much better job of capturing the essence of the comparison. So (C) is our answer.
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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.
C is the correct answer.

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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

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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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

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.


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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
(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


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.

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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?

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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?

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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!

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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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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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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
(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

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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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

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.



Hello Scorpi0n,


Yes, your analysis of this rather difficult official is absolutely correct. :thumbup:

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


The above-mentioned statement is just the extended form of the sentence with the correct answer choice. The SV pair it did is actually understood in Choice C. It is so because the subject Halley's Comet and the verb did cause are already mentioned in the sentence once.



Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
Shraddha
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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

I understand the parallelism rule for option C. However is "...its return of 1910-1911." CORRECT?

Should it be return in
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I understand the parallelism rule for option C. However is "...its return of 1910-1911." CORRECT?

Should it be return in

It's fine to use "of" to refer to a year in which an event occurred. For example, here are articles about the Boston blizzard of 1978 (very fun times, according to my family), the War of 1812 (less fun), and the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (which I'd never heard of -- I just googled "the great flood of...", to see what Google would offer up).

I also wouldn't have a problem with "its return in 1910-11", but there's nothing wrong with using "of" in this context.

I hope this helps!

(Edit: another example of this use of "of" can be found in this thread.)
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