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'try and'

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AchtungBaby Fri 10-Jun-11 12:59:18

Is it wrong to say 'try and' rather than 'try to'?

I hear it all of the time (including on Radio 4). I hate it!

Please be gentle with me, I'm only visiting Pedants' corner smile.

WoTmania Fri 10-Jun-11 19:45:34

I think you are correct.

Oakmaiden Fri 10-Jun-11 19:49:57

It is try to.

You are following the verb "try" (denoting the action you are currently discussing) with the infinitive "to do something" (the action you are trying to accomplish).

So... I try to-swim
I try to-juggle cabbages

"I try and swim" indicates the trying and the swimming are not intrinsically linked, and simply doesn't make sense grammatically.

AchtungBaby Fri 10-Jun-11 21:12:24


I'll endeavour not to notice in future smile.

AchtungBaby Fri 10-Jun-11 21:15:16

blush Or to not notice in future.

That's it, I'm leaving Pedants' corner!

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