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Tried to do something X tried doing something



When we try to do something, we make an effort, or an attempt to do it. It may be difficult, so we need to try really hard. When we try to do something, we will either succeed, or we will fail.

Usamos “try to do something” quando fazemos um esforço ou uma tentativa. Pode ser difícil, então teremos que tentar muito. Quando usamos esta forma, o “try to do”, pode ser que teremos sucesso ou que falharemos.

When we try doing something, we do it with the intention of finding out what will happen.  When we try doing something, we expect to succeed. When we try doing something, we are trying to solve a problem or make progress.

Usamos o “try doing something” , com a intenção de descobrir o que acontecerá. Quando usamos esta forma “try doing”, estamos esperando que tenhamos sucesso. Estamos tentando resolver um problema ou fazer progresso.

Note the difference/ Note a diferença:

The man tried
to catch the dog that ate his chicken.
The man tried
catching the dog by offering him chicken.


1.Try ____________ this 5 kg weight by using your biceps muscles. (lift)
2.I tried______________ the heavy suitcase, but it was too heavy. (lift)
3.They tried __________ tickets for the show, but they were sold out. (buy)
4.We tried ___________ tickets online and managed to use their credit cards. (buy)
5. He tried __________the address where she lives. (find)
6. I tried __________the answers and in the end I solved the mystery. (find)
7. He tried __________ the shelf by standing on a stool so that I could get the book I needed. (reach)
8.She tried ____________ by phone all day, but it was busy. (reach)
9. The child tried ____________  the dog, but he started barking. (touch)
10.The child tried ___________ the ceiling by climbing on a ladder. (touch)
11.I tried___________ the box without having a knife. (open)
12.Try _______________ the box by using a pair of scissors. (open)
13.I tried _________ to her, but she her mother kept interfering. (talk)
14.She tried _____________ to her in a calm manner so that she would calm down. (talk)
15.We tried _______________ the phone by plugging it into computer. (use)
16. I tried _______________ my phone, but there was no signal. (use)
17.When he tries ______________ it distorts his face (smile)
18.She doesn’t like me. Try_____________ at her more often. (smile)
19. I tried __________ this exercise but it was very difficult. (do)
20. I tried __________ and now I have learnt the difference. (do)

Answers/Respostas: 1. lifting 2. to lift 3. to buy 4.buying 5. to find 6.finding 7.reaching reach touch 10.touching 11. to open 12.opening talk 14. talking 15. using use smile 18.smiling 19 to do 20 doing


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