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    christopher mark kohler is offline Newbie
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    Default Have a try.

    I so commonly hear in China, "Have a try." It drives me nuts and I always say it is never used by 1st language English speakers. I could be wrong for the first time in my life, but in east Canada I've never heard or used it. I use the phrase as follows:

    Give it a try.
    Try it out.
    Try it.
    and some more slangish ones....
    Give 'er a try.
    Give 'er a go. (possibly more Newfoundlandish)

    There is more slang for this but it heads down a sorry English lane.

    I want to ask, is "Have a try" used in Britain or Australia or other English countries?

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    Default Re: Have a try.

    Quote Originally Posted by christopher mark kohler View Post
    I so commonly hear in China, "Have a try." It drives me nuts and I always say it is never used by 1st language English speakers. I could be wrong for the first time in my life, but in east Canada I've never heard or used it. I use the phrase as follows:

    Give it a try.
    Try it out.
    Try it.
    and some more slangish ones....
    Give 'er a try.
    Give 'er a go. (possibly more Newfoundlandish)

    There is more slang for this but it heads down a sorry English lane.

    I want to ask, is "Have a try" used in Britain or Australia or other English countries?
    Yes, "Have a try" is used in Australia. It's not as common as "Give it a try".
    I don't know why it drives you nuts - though I'm not a peevologist. It's certainly more logical than "Give it a try", though.

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    Default Re: Have a try.

    "Have a try" is common in New Zealand too, although I hear it associated with food more than anything.
    "Go on, have a try! It's delicious".

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    Default Re: Have a try.

    I think Have a go would be more common in BrE.

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    Default Re: Have a try.

    Ok people, so it seems my advice to Chinese learners is faulty. I guess its a good thing for all to practice with "have a try" and one can hone the local Aussie, European, NA twang when and if one goes there.

    Thanks, question answered from around the globe.

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