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    When can I use
    Try+to inf
    try+v-ing?

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    mykwyner is offline Key Member
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    In many, if not most, they are interchangable.

    Try writing it this way.
    Try to write it this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    When can I use
    Try+to inf
    try+v-ing?
    1. Try + infinitive refers to - only one time- in the sense of attempt:
    I'll try to phone you.
    2. Try + gerund refers to - try many times - in the sense of experiment.

    This is because experimenting is a retrospective view based on experience (try more than one time) whereas in the case of infinitive it is a prospective view. It doesn't involve any experiment or experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In many, if not most, they are interchangable.

    Try writing it this way.
    Try to write it this way.
    I wouldn't say try to write it this way. That suggests the likelihood of failure. The two usages are not interchangeable in your example.

    Don't try. Do.

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    Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I wouldn't say try to write it this way. That suggests the likelihood of failure. The two usages are not interchangeable in your example.
    Yes Robee you are right. "Try" in this sense means: experiment:
    Try writing it this way.
    Last edited by RonBee; 02-Dec-2006 at 19:42. Reason: to fix link

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