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    Despite his attempts at solving the algebra equation, Joan failed.

    1. Try as he did / might, Joan failed to solve the algebra equation.

    2. Try as he did / might at solving the algebra equation, Joan failed.

    a) Should I use 'did' or 'might'?
    b) Which is the correct sentence in transforming the sentence in bold?

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    1. Try as he might, Joan failed to solve the algebra equation.

    That's the closest. Incidentally, 'Joan' is normally a woman's name.

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    Default Re: Transformation of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    1. Try as he might, Joan failed to solve the algebra equation.

    That's the closest. Incidentally, 'Joan' is normally a woman's name.
    Thanks, Fivejedjon. Just to confirm: Try as he did... Am I correct to conclude that 'did' cannot be used in the sentence at all?

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    Default Re: Transformation of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Fivejedjon. Just to confirm: Try as he did... Am I correct to conclude that 'did' cannot be used in the sentence at all?
    You are right, in my opinion.

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