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    try to do/doing

    Which one is correct or they both are correct? If so could you please tell the difference in meaning?

    1) You should try to call him
    2) you should try calling him

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    Re: try to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Which one is correct or they both are correct? If so could you please tell the difference in meaning?

    1) You should try to call him
    2) you should try calling him
    Both are correct and mean the same.

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    Re: try to do/doing

    The real difference is that "try to call" is slightly more formal. "To call" is a bit more abstract than "calling", which is a concrete action. Thus "try calling" is perhaps better suited for what you are about to do, whereas "try to call" says more about a suggested intention. However, the difference in meaning is very slight.

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    Re: try to do/doing

    Good question! They're both correct and mean the same thing.

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    Thank you everyone!

    I knew it! My teacher said that I should use the second one.

    I felt like I disagreed with him and decided to check

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    Re: try to do/doing

    Try not to say "I felt like I did something". It's a common phrase, but too many people still feel it's a gross error. I felt that/as if/as though I did something. I felt like doing something. Here, "I felt like disagreeing" is the best.


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    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Try not to say "I felt like I did something". It's a common phrase, but too many people still feel it's a gross error. I felt that/as if/as though I did something. I felt like doing something. Here, "I felt like disagreeing" is the best.
    Thank you useful advice - I see what you mean.
    The structure of my sentences builts on American TV series most of all... so it is a consequence


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    Re: try to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Both are correct and mean the same.
    try doing something means experimenting with a particular course of action
    I don't know what else to do - Try calling her
    whereas
    try to do something means to make an effort to do something

    Try to call him. -- make an effort to call him
    Try calling him. -- it might ease your anguish
    They do not mean the same thing at all.

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    #9

    Re: try to do/doing

    Just a word of caution. 'Try to call...' could imply that there may be, or have been, a problem with the telephone that had, or could have, stopped you from calling before.

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    Re: try to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    They do not mean the same thing at all.
    At all?

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