Friday 30 November 2007

AAE Q111: 'attempt' or 'try'


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I would like to ask you what is the difference between "try" and "attempt" ?

Thank you very much!


Try, Attempt.

To try is the generic, to attempt is the specific, term. 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.

Hope this helps

1 comment:

pepperos said...

Can anyone give me more examples of sentences with attempt and try in context? I understand the difference, but I'm not sure about using it in real.
thank you.