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# Usage of Gerund Phrase as a subject

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19 Oct 2011, 09:38
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

Experts please explain why option C is incorrect. Isn't gerund phrase "Trying to recover uranium out of sea water" correctly acting as a subject in option C?
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23 Oct 2011, 08:13
Well I am not an expert, but just in case you want to know what I think-(Trying to recover uranium out of seawater) IS a gerund noun phrase and IS acting as the subject. But I don't see any problem with that because it has a verb (may) and an object someday (be worthwhile). What I would like to know is; what is wrong with with (A)? I know the beginning, having "It may" is OK, and I know "try to" is OK. I'm guessing it has something to do with the "to" before "try to." -Maybe concision...? What do you think is wrong with (A)?
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# Usage of Gerund Phrase as a subject

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