attempt vs. try vs. test vs. trial

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Snowcake

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I would like to know the difference between these words. Our teacher told us that there are some but I can't remember.
Are there any other similiar words that could be mixed up?

Thanks.
 

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I would like to know the difference between these words. Our teacher told us that there are some but I can't remember.
Are there any other similiar words that could be mixed up?

Thanks.


When we try, we are usually uncertain as to success; when we attempt, we have always some definite object in view which we seek to accomplish. We may be indifferent as to the result of a trial, but we rarely attempt anything without a desire to succeed.

test is a way of discovering, by questions or practical activities, what someone knows, or what someone or something can do or is like or
a medical examination of part of your body or
an act of using something to find out whether it is working correctly or how effective it is or
a situation which shows how good something is

trial is a synonym of test I believe but the usage depends on the context: trial=legal process, or in Australian English as a mock exam
 

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Thank you :) I think I got it!
 

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Thanks a lot!!

I've bookmarked the link. :up: I haven't known it before.

off-topic: I go green with envy every time I look at your location (profile). ;-)

Have a nice evening.
 
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