Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    wowenglish1 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    575
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default call/try to call/try calling

    I'd like know the difference between 1,2 and 3.

    1. I called you many times, but you didn't answer.
    2. I tried to call you many times, but you didn't answer.
    3. I tried calling you many times, but you didn't answer.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: call/try to call/try calling

    Main verb
    1. I called you many times, but you didn't answer.
    => You called many times.

    Infinitive: unrealized (hasn't happened)
    2. I tried to call you many times, but you didn't answer.
    => The calls didn't go through; something was wrong with your phone; the calls weren't connected. (Note, the last part ...but you didn't answer doesn't fit the semantics. Compare, I tried to call out, but I had food in my mouth at the time, so I couldn't; I wasn't able to call out; it didn't happen.)

    Gerund: realized (happened)
    3. I tried calling you many times, but you didn't answer.
    => You attempted ... many times.

    Does that help?

Similar Threads

  1. calling
    By Romel Panzer in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2007, 11:33
  2. Sorry for calling you so early!
    By emily wong in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Jul-2006, 01:54
  3. calling
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2005, 09:13
  4. flailing about and calling attention
    By zeppy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Nov-2004, 18:26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk