try and?

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Thu Apr 17 22:01:57 UTC 2003

There must be something in the archives about "try and" as well: "I'll try
and get to it in the morning." Does anyone know how old the apparent
substitution of _and_ for _to_ is in this case? Possibly analogous is
"I'll look and see" = "I'll [take a] look in order to see." Note that we
can't say "I'll try and [do it]," but that "I'll try to [do it]" is just
fine: *I'll try and / I'll try to.

Peter R.

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