English Grammar

Do you usually use try to or try and? Did you know that this can be a controversial grammar topic?


1. I will try to remember his name. 

2.

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 I will try andrethành viên his name.


Some people would see sentence two as incorrect. 

Many grammar authorities agree that try and is an acceptable idiomatic khung of try khổng lồ, but it"s still worth learning about the difference. Once you underst& what"s going on, you can make an educated decision about which you"d lượt thích khổng lồ use. 

I"ll show you how to lớn diagram both sentences, and the diagrams will help you see why try and doesn"t make sense when it is interpreted literally. Let"s vày this!


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Here, we have will try acting as a verb phrase. Will is a helping verb, và try is a main verb. To remember his name is an infinitive phrase, and it is acting as the direct object of the verb try.

The main thing khổng lồ see here is that this formulation shows the flow of a single idea. The idea is one whole, without being broken up.

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In this sentence, will is still a helping verb, but now there are two main verbs. The word and is a conjunction joining the two verbs try and remember

In this sentence, there is a separation in the idea. The remembering is broken apart from the trying. It"s as if the person is doing the two things, and they are unrelated to lớn each other. 

Using and separates the actions of tryingremembering


Now you can see why some people argue that try and doesn"t make sense. When you interpret the words literally và you see the grammar of the sentence, it doesn"t make sense. 

However, let"s circle back to something I wrote earlier in this lesson: Try & is an idiomatic size of try to lớn. What does that mean?


Idioms are a type of informal language that have sầu a meaning different from the meaning of the words in the expression. 

Idioms aren"t meant to lớn be read literally.

It"s easy khổng lồ understand that with idioms lượt thích It"s raining cats and dogs. We all know that cats & dogs are not actually falling from the sky. The sentence means that it"s raining hard.

The same thing is happening when try & is described as an idiom for try to. The words are different, but they both mean the same thing. 


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Which one should you use? I would suggest using try to, especially in formal situations. If you have sầu a hard time remembering which one is "correct," think of the fact that tryto both start with t, so they should be used together.