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    Cool Really a wrong sentence?

    Hi,

    Is this sentence really wrong?

    1.Most students appreciate their principal's try to improve school conditions.

    In the grammar book said that the word "try" is wrong to use in this sentence. It should be "trying".

    2.Most students appreciate their principal's trying to improve school conditions.

    However, the word "try" has 2 parts of speech; Verb & Noun.
    Can't we really say 1 ?
    If l is really wrong, could you give me a good reason?
    I don't get this!!!!

    Thank you for your time.
    Last edited by ottawasenator; 25-Nov-2014 at 03:52. Reason: worng spelling

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    Re: Really a wrong sentence?

    First of all, "principle's" should be "Principal's".

    The grammar book gave you the best advice. "Trying" is a gerund and acts as a noun. It is modified by the possessive adjective "Principal's". However, "try" can also be a noun. So it is not completely wrong, but it would tend to suggest a single effort, not a continuous one. It is not very natural here.

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    Re: Really a wrong sentence?

    Instead of 'try' or 'trying', I woud prefer words like 'efforts', 'attempts' or 'endeavours' which are nouns by themselves and not derived from verbs.

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    Re: Really a wrong sentence?

    Hi MikeNewYork,

    I'm sorry about my wrong spelling.

    ottawasenator
    Last edited by ottawasenator; 25-Nov-2014 at 03:59. Reason: wrong spelling

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    Re: Really a wrong sentence?

    Mnemonic: A pal is a person. (So's a principal.)

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