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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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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 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.

Much to learn from 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

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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.

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Hi,
Your ans may not be correct here.

Reason is to look for 'what is compared' and 'ellipsis

What is being compared..
Haley's comet caused such x in any other sightings as ________
What should fill up - something COMPARABLE to "in any other sightings."

So Haley's comet caused... as IT DID in its return in 1910-11..

Now ellipsis...
IT DID can be omitted..

This what we are looking at now is CHOICE C
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“Its return of 1910-1911” seems to change meaning a little bit. I think A or E should be the answer but I vote for A as it seems more safe


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Sufficient discussion can be found at
https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-no-other-historical-sighting-did-halleys-comet-cause-such-24215-20.html#p1963167
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IMO C

A,B,D and E -- wrong comparison

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