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    The meaning of "try" when followed by a greund or an infinitive

    Dear teachers,
    After reading some sources about gerunds and infinitives I can't seem to succeed in concluding whether there is a difference in meaning in the following sentences:
    I tried using a computer, but it wasn’t any good (= experimented with a new or different approach.)
    He tried hard to pass the exam (= made an effort or attempt)
    But what about:
    I will try talking to her.
    I will try to talk to her.
    Is there a difference here?
    Thanks
    miniwave

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    Re: The meaning of "try" when followed by a greund or an infinitive

    Yes:
    I will try talking to her- I will talk to her and see if I can persuade her (or whatever)
    I will try to talk to her- I will attempt to get in touch with her, but might not manage to speak to her

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    Re: The meaning of "try" when followed by a greund or an infinitive

    Welcome, miniwave.

    In addition,

    try + to suggests that the action in the infinitive is difficult and the person may not be successful in doing that action

    try + -ing suggests that the action in the gerund is not difficult but we don't know if the consequence of that action will be what we want. We use try + gerund when we do something to discover what the consequence will be.

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