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# It may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater,[

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23 Dec 2010, 10:05
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55% (hard)

Question Stats:

47% (00:50) correct 53% (00:51) wrong based on 110 sessions

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This question really threw me for a loop. Initially I was unable to spot the main errors in this sentence. I guess I got thrown off track by the phrase "this process," which had me searching for answer choices whose main subjects in the intro subordinate clause most resembled a "process." In (e) "recovering uranium" sounded like a process, so I selected (e). Clearly, I my aim was way off the target. I would appreciate if someone could walk me through the underlying grammar of this sentence so that I can beat questions such as these. Thanks!

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

a. It 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 the seawater may someday be worthwhile

e. Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to do someday

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30 Dec 2010, 11:14
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I picked B. Can some explain this sc Thanks.
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30 Dec 2010, 18:00
B) Try and recover? First you try then you recover That's not the same as 'try to recover'
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Re: It may someday be worthwhile to try to recover uranium from seawater,[  [#permalink]

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31 Dec 2010, 12:55
hi Mackieman,
i did not realize that...thanks for pointing it out.
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31 Dec 2010, 17:41
I read on another forum that the reason A is correct is because one has to "try to recover" and not "try and recover" --- the infinitive form sounds better, certainly more elegant, and also the right answer here

But what is the antecedent for the pronoun "it" in A?
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24 Feb 2016, 04:04
doing is not prefered to be a subject . we can choose it as fake subject . one question in og show this preference of gmat: " it is fastionable to be an expatriate"

am I correct?
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04 Nov 2018, 04:55
tonebeeze wrote:
This question really threw me for a loop. Initially I was unable to spot the main errors in this sentence. I guess I got thrown off track by the phrase "this process," which had me searching for answer choices whose main subjects in the intro subordinate clause most resembled a "process." In (e) "recovering uranium" sounded like a process, so I selected (e). Clearly, I my aim was way off the target. I would appreciate if someone could walk me through the underlying grammar of this sentence so that I can beat questions such as these. Thanks!

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

a. It 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 the seawater may someday be worthwhile

e. Recovering uranium from seawater may be worthwhile to try to do someday

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/it-may-somed ... 78153.html

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/it-may-somed ... 78153.html
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