Poll: I tried ____ her but the line was busy.

I tried ____ her but the line was busy.

phoning
to phone
Either could be used.

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  • Added: December 2013

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Comments:

Michael J

The statement is, in itself confusing because you were, at this particular moment in time performing the action of 'phoning' someone. Surely, it would be better to say "I tried to speak to her . . ", or "I tried speaking to her . . ". Or, maybe even "I tried to contact her . . " ?

Lyfen

I think it maybe "I tried phoning her" as the sentence is in the past, but am not sure.

oliul

I tried to phone her . Because it is smart to use infinitive here.

Anthony Dacres

Totally correct

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