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    ''to experiment'' and ''to try''


    For anyone who cared about the Beatles and Lennon's individual vision and political activism, his impulse to experiment and his willingness to speak the unwelcome truth, the world is simply a less enjoyable, less engaging place without him.


    Hi,
    I wonder if it is possible to say ''I like to experiment new words when speaking English.". I'd like to know whether the verb fits well the sentence or whether I should use "try" or "try out" instead.
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    Re: ''to experiment'' and ''to try''

    You may experiment with new words, try new words, or try out new words.

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    Re: ''to experiment'' and ''to try''

    Look at your example sentence. What does the verb 'experiment' not have? Does this tell you what's wrong with 'experiment new words'?

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    Re: ''to experiment'' and ''to try''

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Look at your example sentence. What does the verb 'experiment' not have? Does this tell you what's wrong with 'experiment new words'?

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    I see, one should say "experiment with new words", but I don't see why we have to use "with"? thanks.


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    Re: ''to experiment'' and ''to try''

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    I see, one should say "experiment with new words", but I don't see why we have to use "with"? thanks.
    It is one of those collocations. The verb experiment requires "with" or "on".

    I experiment with new words. >> I am trying out new words.
    I experiment on mice. >>I carry out experiments on mice.

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