Why You Try To Do Something, Not Try And Do It

Why You Try To Do Something, Not Try And Do It
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When we fail, we often say we’ll try and do better. Damn! We just failed again. The correct expression is “try to”, not “try and”.

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Consultant and fellow tech scribe Justin Warren summed the reason why neatly in a recent tweet:

The reasoning here is a good way to remember the rule: you can’t “try not and”, so you shouldn’t write “try and” either. You “try to”, or you “try not to”. Simple.

I’ll admit that I have frequently been guilty of this error in the past. I will try to do better. Accuracy matters.

Lifehacker’s Mind Your Language column offers bossy advice on improving your writing.


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