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    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 47
    #1

    I tried calling you

    Dear,
    please clarify this for me.

    I affirm that these are grametically corrct.
    I have been trying to call you
    I have been calling you

    please confime the below sentece is correct or not
    I tried calling you.
    is this grametically correct?
    how could we use two verbs in this sentece?

    please clarify this and it could be better if you give some examples on this regard.

    Please make me understand.
    Regards
    Madhu


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 2,886
    #2

    Re: I tried calling you

    I tried calling you. -- I made an experiment
    I tried to call you. -- I made an attempt


    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 2
    #3

    Re: I tried calling you

    I have been trying to call you
    I have been calling you

    please confime the below sentece is correct or not
    I tried calling you.

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    For me the difference between the first two and the last one is about completeness. In the first two examples the subject of the sentence gives the impression that he was doing the action right up to the present moment. i.e. "I have been trying to call you all day, I'm glad you answered in the end."

    In the last example, "I tried calling you" he's saying the action of calling has stopped time ago. i.e. "I tried calling you but you didn't answer so I gave up".

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