hello everyone ;
I read this sentence many times ' I will try and answer'.
Why they do not just say ' I will try to answer' ??
From the American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000:
The phrase try and is commonly used as a substitute for try to, as in Could you try and make less noise? A number of grammarians have labeled the construction incorrect. To be sure, the usage is associated with informal style and strikes an inappropriately conversational note in formal writing. Sixty-five percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use in writing of the sentence Why don't you try and see if you can work the problem out between yourselves?
See: try. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
[Neither a teacher nor a native English speaker]