try and?

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Fri Apr 18 18:43:49 UTC 2003

Woops, I think I mis-finger-spoke. When I wrote

> > Note
> > that we
> > can't say "I'll try and [do it],"

I meant that we don't say "I'll try and" as a complete statement, but we
do say "I'll try to."  For me the first statement is asterisk-ed.
Likewise, one wouldn't (at least I wouldn't) say, "I'll take and." I'd
have to follow it up with "...[verb]" -- "I'll take and ream that out
oncet or twicet and get it to fit."

-- "Who'll do it?"
-- "I'll try and."
                doesn't work for me.
-- "I'll try to."

> Maybe not where you live, but it is very common in northern Pennsylvania.

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