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    #1

    try / test

    What's the difference betwen "try" and "test"?
    I tried my friend and he met my standards.
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    I tested my friend and he met my standards.
    Which is correct? Could you please explain the difference to me?

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    #2

    Re: try / test

    We need more context to be sure.

    What are you trying or testing him for?

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    Re: try / test

    Sorry for my late answer. I hope this context is helpful. Which one is natural? Any difference, please?
    Whenever I want to make new friends, I have some standards of my own. I try / test them in different fields. The most important thing is trust. If they prove they are trustworthy, I make friends with them easily and quickly. But these days trying / testing people is very difficult because as if they know they are being tried / tested, so they just pretend!

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    Re: try / test

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Sorry for my late answer. I hope this context is helpful. Which one is natural? Any difference, please?
    Whenever I want to make new friends, I have some standards of my own. I try / test them in different fields. The most important thing is trust. If they prove they are trustworthy, I make friends with them easily and quickly. But these days trying / testing people is very difficult because as if they know they are being tried / tested, so they just pretend!
    The whole concept is alien to me. I have never thought to apply criteria to "test" people to see if they are worthy of my friendship.

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    #5

    Re: try / test

    The word you want seems to be 'test'. I would imagine that people who know you might find this whole thing rather trying.

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    #6

    Re: try / test

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The whole concept is alien to me. I have never thought to apply criteria to "test" people to see if they are worthy of my friendship.
    It seemed alien to me as well, but then I thought a little harder, and one example of such a "test" sprang to mind. I remembered that I once read an interview with Quentin Tarantino and he seemed to employ a test to see if a woman is worthy of his "friendship":

    “When I’m getting serious about a girl, I show her Rio Bravo and she better $@#&*%! like it.”
    Perhaps a wee bit offtopic .
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 04-Aug-2012 at 23:35.

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    #7

    Re: try / test

    It is unlikely that I could be good friend with a person who held certain beliefs, , but I would not dream of testing or setting traps for someone I was getting to know. That smacks to me of trying to find out if they were 'good enough' to be my friend. I'm with bhai - the concept is alien to me. However, this is a language forum, so we try to answer the language question.

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    #8

    Re: try / test

    Excuse me, but why is it ailen to you?
    You never test your friends? You simply make friends with anyone?
    I was asked to come up with a context and I put it there just to get the word (test or try) I needed.
    And, if I have gotten it right, it must be "test" and not "try". Am I right?

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    #9

    Re: try / test

    Hi,

    It is alien to me too. But it is so because 'making friends' with anyone is a process that takes time. Time itself will test friendship enought times, so I don't see the point in testing it beforehand.

    charliedeut.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 06-Aug-2012 at 11:28.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: try / test

    Can we keep this to a discussion of language, please? I admit that I went off-topic too, but my sin should not be a precedent for others.

    You can continue the discussion on whether testing friends is acceptable here: General Members Discussions
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Aug-2012 at 11:51.

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