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    Is this sentence correct?

    Is this sentence correct- all they will do is try searching the exact place of the event-- I'm not sure with the usage of 'is try'. please tell me.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    If you try to do something, you make an effort or attempt, which may well not succeed. Indeed, when we are talking about past attempts, we often imply (or state explicitly) that it did not succeed:

    I tried to open the window, but it was stuck.

    If you try doing something, you actually do it, in order to see if that brings some satisfactory result. We don't know until afterwards if there will be such a result:

    The room was very stuffy. I tried opening the window - 1. but it didn't help. 2. and it helped a little.

    In your example, they will actually search.
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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by keya mukherji View Post
    I'm not sure with the usage of 'is try'. please tell me.
    Could work "trying to search"?

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/


    Could work "trying to search"?
    No. You could say "try to search..."

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    This sentence is correct. Alternatively, you could say"To try searching the...is all they will do."It is similar to cleft sentences such as:what you have to do is (to)call her and apologise, where the to is optional. In some contexts,however the to is not optional.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by paul.moss View Post
    This sentence is correct. Alternatively, you could say"To try searching the...is all they will do."It is similar to cleft sentences such as:what you have to do is (to)call her and apologise, where the to is optional. In some contexts,however the to is not optional.
    Now I've got it.

    Good enough explanation except I would rather say the sentence is an alternative to grammatically better sentence below.

    What you have to do is to call her and apologise,

    Anyway I would never say

    What you have to do is call her and apologise.

    Please take a look of this

    Peter is call her. This one doesn't carry any sense for me, a learner. I don't neither speak nor listen English every day as native speakers do.

    Peter is to call her. This is completely different sentence for me and means something.

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