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    Wink proper use of try to or try and

    One of my pet peeves is constantly on broadcast radio and tv. Please clear it up for me. I constantly hear announcers saying "try and" do something rather than try to or try for in a phrase. Thank you very much

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    Re: proper use of try to or try and

    It's very common and does annoy some people, but it's probably better for your blood pressure to try to take a relaxed view.

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    Re: proper use of try to or try and

    Quote Originally Posted by twistin1 View Post
    One of my pet peeves is constantly on broadcast radio and tv. Please clear it up for me. I constantly hear announcers saying "try and" do something rather than try to or try for in a phrase. Thank you very much
    It'll probably help you a great deal, Twistin, to find out that "try and" is completely proper. "try and" is in good company in that it is similar in nature to a number of other English structures, for example

    Be sure and {verb}

    Go and {verb}

    Nice/good and {adj/adv}

    Sit/Stand (etc.) and {verb}

    Be an angel/dear/good boy and {verb}

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    Re: proper use of try to or try and

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    It'll probably help you a great deal, Twistin, to find out that "try and" is completely proper. "try and" is in good company in that it is similar in nature to a number of other English structures, for example

    Be sure and {verb}

    Go and {verb}

    Nice/good and {adj/adv}

    Sit/Stand (etc.) and {verb}

    Be an angel/dear/good boy and {verb}
    I agree with you 100%. I have no problem with "try and" in a sentence. Perhaps it is a Canadianism but I don't think so.

    I want you to try and solve the problem.

    There are two sentences here made into one.

    I want you to try. (make an attempt....don't be so lazy)
    I want you to solve the problem. (what I want you to do)

    Where is the difficulty here?

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