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try to, try ...-ing

Hi, I am new here, and this forum is quite exciting.

Please, explain me what is the difference between

Try to drink this
and
Try drinking this

Re: try to, try ...-ing

Normally 'try' + infinitival clause and 'try' + gerund-participial clause have different meanings.

(1) You should try to drink this.
(2) You should try drinking this.

In this pair, 'try' in (1) means "endeavour" whereas in (2) it means "test the effectiveness of".

Can you see the difference?


PaulM

Re: try to, try ...-ing

Thank you, it was a short and clear explanation.

Please, confirm if I got it right, this is how I understand it now

You should try to drink this medicine (and you will see if you can do it or not because it tastes really awful)

You should try drinking this medicine (and you will see if it helps or not)

Re: try to, try ...-ing

Are you asking solely about those two sentences, or are you wanting to understand more about the difference between when to use the infinitive, and when to use the gerund?

Re: try to, try ...-ing

Quote: Stefan
Please, confirm if I got it right, this is how I understand it now:

You should try to drink this medicine (and you will see if you can do it or not because it tastes really awful)

PM: Essentially, yes: make an effort to do something, i.e. endeavour.

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You should try drinking this medicine (and you will see if it helps or not)

PM: Yes, that's right.

It's a question I get asked a lot, and I'm pleased you've managed to grasp the difference in meaning between the two different complements of "try".


PaulM