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    Default Give it a try

    Hi,
    I know most people say "We should at least give it a try" , but can you also say "At least we should give a try"? Is it grammatically correct to write a sentence like this?

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    Default Re: Give it a try

    Hi alia,

    I have always heard (and used) it with the "it".

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    Default Re: Give it a try

    Quote Originally Posted by alia189 View Post
    Hi,
    I know most people say "We should at least give it a try" , but can you also say "At least we should give a try"? Is it grammatically correct to write a sentence like this?
    "Grammatically correct"? Yes. Popular? No.

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    Default Re: Give it a try

    The idiomatic expression is "give something a try", therefore it's natural to include "it" because "it" represents "something".

    There are other alternatives as well:

    At least we should give it a try. (give something a try)
    At least we should give it a go. (give something a go)
    At least we should give it a shot. (give something a shot)

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