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    #1

    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.

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    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?

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