try and?

Joan Houston Hall jdhall at WISCMAIL.WISC.EDU
Thu Apr 17 22:20:49 UTC 2003

DARE's first quote for "try and" is from 1847.

At 03:01 PM 4/17/2003 -0700, you wrote:
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>Poster:       Peter Richardson <prichard at LINFIELD.EDU>
>Subject:      try and?
>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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