Tuesday’s Tips: Try to Use “Try” Correctly

Many people use the phrase “try and” when they mean “attempt to.” The right way to write it is “try to.” For example:

I’m going to try to explain this process.

NOT I’m going to try and explain this process.

Why? Because “try,” in this instance, is a transitive verb, and “explain” is the object; therefore, you need “to” to show that relationship accurately (also, when a verb is used as an object, you must use the infinitive form of that verb, i.e., “to explain”). Otherwise, with “and,” it means you are doing two things: trying and explaining.

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