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    #21

    Re: phone us

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hi teechar,

    I try my best. It should be "I tried my best".
    That's better. You can also use the present perfect tense "I've tried my best" in the above situation. The present perfect works because the result of the action (trying) is still relevant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Because I should use the past tense , but because the present tense is wrong. In this case, I tried my best to do it in the past. It's one action, not repeated it again and again.
    "I try my best" = It doesn't make any sense. For example, I did something wrong, and that was not successful at any time. If I use the present tense here (I try my best), I'll tell you I am a rubbish. Neither success done anything nor do something good.

    Am I correct to in my understanding of your explanation to me?
    Yes, I think you've got the idea. For example:

    I'm no good at tennis. I try my best, but I never win.

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    #22

    Re: phone us

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    If it's not correct, I'll need help or I'll have to search on the Internet by google until I find a correct answer.
    And here's one more correction.

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    #23

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    I realize that a lot of native speakers say "try my best" but I don't have to agree with them. Just do your best. (The "try" is in the effort.) Either do or do not. To promise to try is to promise nothing. Just do your best.
    Not a professional teacher

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    #24

    Re: phone us

    "Try" is a safer word to use than "do". It is non-commital.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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