[Ads-l] _try to_ vs. _try and_

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 11 06:24:07 EST 2016


Difference of expectation between <try to V> and <try & V>?
WB opines:
(1) You can try to fix my car ... (I 've given up trying. Go on, have at
it. Good luck. You'll need it.)  (Possible strong stress on either <YOU can
try> or <You can TRY>.)
(2) You can try 'n' fix my car ... (I couldn't. I hope you can.)  As a
spoken construction, I cannot pronounce the full <and>: <'n'> / _C; <'nd>
/_V.

No simple past form for <try & V>?   *I tried 'n' fixed it.       (No way,
José.)

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