try and?

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu Apr 17 22:17:27 UTC 2003

Since I still have the Archives search page open, there was a discussion
of "try and and try to" in mid-July 2000.

maberry at

On Thu, 17 Apr 2003, Peter Richardson wrote:

> 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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