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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

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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


The sentence in written in a jumbled way in order to confuse the reader. First thing I want to say, let's consider another example:

In no other event, A did such great job as B did. - Is this sentence logical? Absolutely not.

'In no other event' guarantees that we have to have another 'event' after 2nd 'as', in order to compare A's performance. Another subject B makes the sentence nonsensical.

In our present problem, we have 2 different subjects - 1. Halley’s Comet 2. its return
This single understanding eliminates A, B, and D.

Between C and E, C is always better to maintain ||ism.
Consider, the made up sentence again:
In no other event, A did such great job as (in) its last performance.

Pls try to read the sentence, you ll surely understand that in is actually neceddary here.

So, C wins.

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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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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


Comparison is between 'in no other historical event' as 'in its return in 1910'

Only choice C fulfills the comparison requirement by mentioning 'in' in the beginning.
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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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Answer is C
Remember the concept of ellipsis and use it here in option C and then look at the sentence
In no other historical sighting did Halley’s Comet cause such a worldwide sensation as (it did) in its return of 1910–1911

(it did is ellipsis)

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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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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


This is one of my favorite SC questions from the official guide. I think rewriting the sentence would really help.

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

Try substituting the other options in place of the second blue part and the errors in comparison will stand out like a sore thumb.

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I have a query regarding comparision. Here we are comparing the sensation caused by halley's comet in any other hitorical sighting with sensation caused by Halley's comet in 1910-1911. here we are comparing both the events in option A. I want to understand what is the issue with option A? why comparision is not proper. Please clarify.

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The parallelsim in option A is as follows:

The first element: Halley's comet caused sensation in no other event.
The second element: The comet's return caused sensation in 1910-1911.

There are two problems in the above structure:
a. The subject in the first is Halley's comet, whereas the subject in the second is the event itself (its return).
b. In the first, the sensation was (not) caused in an "event"( "no other event"), whereas in the second the sensastion was caused in some year - it is better to structure the sentence in a way that in the second element as well the sensation is caused in an event ( event = return of 1910-1911).)

Therefore better parralleism would be:
The first element: Halley's comet caused sensation in no other event.
The second element: Halley's comet caused sensation in its return of 1910-1911.

In the above, the subjects are the same (Halley's comet), and an event ("no other event") is made parallel to an event (its return of 1910-1911").

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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
--> wrong comparison between Halley's comet and its return.

B. had its 1910-1911 return
--> wrong comparison between Halley's comet and its return.

C. in its return of 1910-1911
--> correct.

D. its return of 1910-1911 did
--> wrong comparison between Halley's comet and its return.

E. its return in 1910-1911
--> parallelism issue.
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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


A "As did" violates the parallelism of "in [noun] [verb] ... as in [noun]"
B "Had" violates the parallelism of "in [noun] [verb] ... as in [noun]"
C Correct.
D "Its return" violates the parallelism of "in [noun] [verb] ... as in [noun]"
E "Its return" violates the parallelism of "in [noun] [verb] ... as in [noun]"

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Question No.: SC 806
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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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Hi, I understand option C uses correct comparison but since in option C "as" is used as comparison, as should be followed by subject verb right?

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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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