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    to attempt

    Dear teachers.
    I've run across the phrase "attempt swimming across the river" .
    This verb has the structure "verb + infinitive", if it is followed by another verb.
    Why "swimming" ?

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    Re: to attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by towcats1 View Post
    Dear teachers.
    I've run across the phrase "attempt swimming across the river" .
    This verb has the structure "verb + infinitive", if it is followed by another verb.
    Why "swimming" ?
    If you search for lists of verbs that can take either an infinitive or a gerund, "attempt" is not usually listed. The infinitive form seems to be preferred. However, I have run across "attempt + gerund on a number of occasions, usually with regard to performing a difficult task: climbing a mountain, swimming the English Channel, etc. That fits with the usage you have described.

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    Re: to attempt

    It sounds very unnatural to me. However "to try swimming across the river" does not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by towcats1 View Post
    Dear teachers.
    I've run across the phrase "attempt swimming across the river" .
    This verb has the structure "verb + infinitive", if it is followed by another verb.
    Why "swimming" ?
    Please provide a more complete sentence/context.

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