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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
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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
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Why B is wrong.... why are we saying to try and recover is wrong construction ?
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Did OG12 today and came across #62 problem. Seems the same..try to establish or try and establish 8-)

GMAT states that "to try and" is not correct on GMAT, Undiomatic
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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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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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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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New post 03 Dec 2018, 04:26
Hi Experts

I selected Option E over A.

I read Option E as
Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to do (recover) someday

Please help on this one.

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I selected Option E over A.

I read Option E as
Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to do (recover) someday

Please help on this one.

Thank you.

I think you might have answered your own question!

You're correct that the word "do" is a stand-in for "recover" here. So if we replace "do" with "recover" in (E), we have: "Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to [recover] someday."

Do you see the redundancy? (E) is basically saying that recovering uranium would be useful to recover. And that's not awesome.

I hope this helps!
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New post 05 Dec 2018, 08:26
Correct explaination

B: “to try and recover” is awkward.
C: “out of seawater” suggests that uranium, in big volumes, is kept in sea and it just has to be taken out from there. Actually Uranium is processed out.
D: “try for the recovery” is not idiomatic. Same as C.
E: “Recovering may be worthwhile to try to do…” is awkward in redundant.
A: “to try to recover” is idiomatic. Best choice.
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Please resolve my doubt
The process which we are talking about here is : to recover X from Y. and this porcess is at present is not....
in option A the "it" is either a placeholder or a pronoun referring to the entire pjhrase "to try to recover... " , someone said that "it" appropirately refers to the process but the process is itself " recovering uranium" and not "to try to recover

how can "trying something" be a process?? plese explain
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It makes sense her to eliminate option B, C, D and E. However, I struggle to identify in which instances can you use "It" to start a sentence without a pronoun error?
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It makes sense her to eliminate option B, C, D and E. However, I struggle to identify in which instances can you use "It" to start a sentence without a pronoun error?

"it" in this case is "placeholder" you can find grammar of "it placeholder" on net or this link maybe helpful
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It makes sense her to eliminate option B, C, D and E. However, I struggle to identify in which instances can you use "It" to start a sentence without a pronoun error?

"it" in this case is "placeholder" you can find grammar of "it placeholder" on net or this link maybe helpful
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You can also check out this thread for a discussion of "non-referential" pronouns like the "it" in this question.
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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


Dear GMATGuruNY

1-Can you shed light why choice C is wrong?

2- Is there any difference between 'trying to recover.....' and 'to try to recover'?

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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


Dear GMATGuruNY

1-Can you shed light why choice C is wrong?

2- Is there any difference between 'trying to recover.....' and 'to try to recover'?

Thanks in advance


In the SC above, the main verb in the first clause -- may -- is a form of the PRESENT TENSE.

Generally, to + VERB expresses an action expected to happen AFTER the main verb.
Original sentence:
lt may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater.
Here -- since the main verb may is a form of the present tense -- the use of to try implies that the attempt to recover uranium is expected to happen IN THE FUTURE (after the main verb).
Conveyed meaning:
We are NOT trying to recover uranium right now.
The attempt would not be worthwhile.
But the attempt MAY someday be worthwhile.


Generally, VERBing expresses a temporary action happening AT THE SAME TIME as the main verb.
C: Trying to recover uranium out of seawater may someday be worthwhile.
Here -- since the main verb may is a form of the present tense -- the use of trying implies that the attempt to recover uranium is happening RIGHT NOW (at the same time as the main verb).
Conveyed meaning:
We are TRYING to recover uranium RIGHT NOW.
But the attempt is not worthwhile.
The attempt MAY someday be worthwhile.


The portion in red distorts the intended meaning of the original sentence.
Eliminate C.

Also:
Incorrect idiom: recover X out of Y
Correct idiom: recover X from Y
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Why B is wrong.... why are we saying to try and recover is wrong construction ?


To try to recover not equal to try and recover, hence change the meaning and incorrect
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