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The answer of this question of a workbook is only "to do", but I suspect doing as well. What do you think?
100)I try (doing, to do) my best all the time.
1. I try to do my best - I make the attempt to do my best, but I may not succeed,
2. I try doing my best - I do my best in the hope that it will change the current situation in some way.
If i tried hard enough I suppose I could come up with a context for #2. I don't need to try for #1 - it makes sense in most natural contexts.
The room was very stuffy. I tried to open the window, but failed.
The room was very stuffy. I tried opening the window (and succeeded in opening it), but it made no difference.
In my experience 'try' is the most challenging of all verbs to explain the difference between the infinitive and the -ing form. Would the following make sense to you?
try doing smth - do/practise smth as one of other, somewhat equal possibilities, usually in order to see if it's suitable or not
try to do smth - put one's energy into the activity that is thought to be rather important
Either way, the result is not discussed, implied or could be inferred (without context, naturally)?
ps. In all sincerity, I'm struggling to accept the infinitive after 'try' as more theoretical than the -ing form.
In general, try + infinitive means to put effort into an attempt, and try + gerund means to experiment with possible solutions. In the original sentence, there is an attempt, not an experiment.
This was the subject of a discussion here in 2003.
Last edited by MikeNewYork; 13-Aug-2013 at 21:28. Reason: typo