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    attempt of

    Hello! I'm new here! As an English student I'd like to know if it's possible to use 'attempt of' or if it's 'understandable' in case I use it.
    For example:
    nice attempt of being nice
    good attempt of finding the keys

    Or 'ATTEMPT AT' is the only usage possible?
    Thank you!

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    Re: attempt of

    In those two examples, only 'at' is possible.

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    Re: attempt of

    I think you will hear "He made a good try of it" to mean he tried but didn't succeed, so you may be merging that with "attempt at." I would also suggest that "make a good try of it" is rather informal.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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