Use the verb "try" when you do something for the first time or you do something that is difficult. A person who tries doesn’t give up. (give up = stop trying).

simplepastpast participle
  • The students tried to get all of their work done before the end of class.
  • Farnoosh tries and tries but she still doesn’t understand certain verbs in English.
  • You should try this bike. It’s very comfortable. (try = use something or try something for the first time.)
  • Do you want to try this restaurant?
  • Try to call me when you arrive in Los Angeles.
  • I tried calling her, but there was no answer.
  • Henrietta tried on several pairs of shoes at the shoe store.
  • Everything is being tried by the doctors to save the man’s life. (The verb "try" in this sentence is in the present continuous passive voice.)
  • Let’s try to get to bed early tonight.
  • Charles and Doris have tried to be good parents to their children.
  • You aren’t trying hard enough. Keep trying!


He tried to motivate his chickens to lay more eggs.

This word is also used as a noun:

  • Go ahead and give it a try.
  • That was a good try.
  • Give it another try.

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August 21, 2014