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New post 24 Nov 2010, 12:26
hirendhanak wrote:
Why B is wrong.... why are we saying to try and recover is wrong construction ?


Well imagine those two actions in parallel? don't you see that it it is impossible to fulfill ? What you may try and recover at the same time??!
Try to what? Try to do smth.
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Why "it" in A is corrrect?
"It" doesn't have referent. :?
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New post 06 Dec 2010, 13:20
for usage of "it" please refer MGMAT SC.
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"Try to" and "try and" is a perfect example of how our ear can lead us astray on the GMAT. Even native English speakers grow up hearing people say things such as:

"I'll try and make it to the party."

When we really should have been hearing:

"I'll try to make it to the party."

Unfortunately, we've all been hearing this wrong! It's really an idiom issue, as others have shared above, so it's really not worth trying to explain the grammar behind it; it's just one of those things you have to memorize. There are plenty of idiom lists floating around out there, and I think 15 minutes per day of idiom flash cards is generally a good place to start. This will help ensure that you can identify the correct (and common incorrect) versions of the idioms tested on the GMAT.

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New post 07 Dec 2010, 07:58
Minheequang wrote:
IMO A

It may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater, but at present this process is prohibitively expensive.

(A) lt may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater --> best choice. Artificial subject it correctly fulfill the role of referring to all the process of to try to recover uranium from seawater and recover sth from sth is idiomatic.
(B) Someday, it may be worthwhile to try and recover uranium from seawater --> to try and recover is problematic
(C) Trying to recover uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile --> bringing a participle phrase to the beginning of the sentence distorts the original meaning that this process is happening at the moment. Besides, recover ... out of is not idiomatic
(D) To try for the recovery of uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile -->to try for is not precise as to try to
(E) Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to do someday --> V-ing + Object + maybe + to try + to do... is not parallel and is wordy


Hi Minhee, you said that E doesn't have a parallel construction. How should the sentence be constructed so it would be parallel?
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metallicafan wrote:
Why "it" in A is corrrect?
"It" doesn't have referent. :?


look at og12 sc #57 also Ron provides a really great explanation on this just look for it in his posts on the mgmat forum. :-)
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i felt as if were picking a lottery
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New post 17 May 2011, 06:41
Between A and C, i picked C as i felt the 'it' in A does not have an antecedent. Good question nevertheless!
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New post 18 May 2011, 02:44
'try to' is correct idiom and not
'try and'

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New post 22 May 2011, 09:39
A is the correct idiom "Try to" vice "try and"
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New post 14 Aug 2011, 10:41
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C) Change of meaning. It may someday be worthwhile to recover while on other days it may not be.
"from water" is correct, "out of" is not.
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I picked A by POE...nothing else made more sense!
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New post 31 Aug 2011, 05:00
Was confused between A and B, then looked for idioms list, got 'try to', hence A.
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New post 31 Aug 2011, 10:16
Can somebody reveal the antecedent the demonstrative pronoun “this process”? IMO, it should be a singular noun or a gerund such as trying or recovery. To try to recover may not be a right antecedent since it is not a noun but an infinitive and pronouns, just as their name suggests, cannot refer to any thing other than nouns.
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IMO, A is the correct answer.. "Try to" is correct idiom..
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I think we can also rule out B and C by considering the meaning issues.

(B) Someday, it may be worthwhile to try and recover uranium from seawater
"Someday," is at the beginning of the sentence and thus should be applied to the whole sentence.
Someday, (bla bla, but bla bla)
Therefore B is illogical.

(C) Trying to recover uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile
So the whole sentence is:
Trying to recover uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile, but at present this process is prohibitively expensive.
As written, "this process" = "trying to recover uranium out of seawater"
However, "trying to ..." cannot be said to be expensive. We can say "to recover ..." is an expensive process, but we cannot say "trying to recover ..." is an expensive process. So (C) is illogical.
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Economist wrote:
It may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater, but at present this process is prohibitively expensive.

(A) lt may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater
(B) Someday, it may be worthwhile to try and recover uranium from seawater
(C) Trying to recover uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile
(D) To try for the recovery of uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile
(E) Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to do someday


i pick c here. what would be the process here "trying to recover" of recovering uranium" i just fell into the dilemma.
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I chose B because of the position of tue word 'someday'. 'it may someday be' si wrong
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hirendhanak-

"Try to" and "try and" is a perfect example of how our ear can lead us astray on the GMAT. Even native English speakers grow up hearing people say things such as:

"I'll try and make it to the party."

When we really should have been hearing:

"I'll try to make it to the party."

Unfortunately, we've all been hearing this wrong! It's really an idiom issue, as others have shared above, so it's really not worth trying to explain the grammar behind it; it's just one of those things you have to memorize. There are plenty of idiom lists floating around out there, and I think 15 minutes per day of idiom flash cards is generally a good place to start. This will help ensure that you can identify the correct (and common incorrect) versions of the idioms tested on the GMAT.

Good luck!

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Can you suggest any source where I can find free GMAT idiom flash cards?
To try to is the correct idiom? To try for and to try and are unidiomatic?
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The non-underlined portion mentions 'this process', so the underlined portion should have something that can be referred by 'this process'.

Could 'to try to recover uranium from seawater' be called a process?

I think 'recovering uranium from seawater' could better be called a process.
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