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verb patterns



KHAWLA ALZIOD
Jordan

verb patterns
 
Hello colleagues ,
I would be grateful if anyone could send me a simple way to explain to my students the different in meaning between the following pair of sentences :(I know the answer ........ attempt and experiment........ but I need simpler way to explain it  )
 
A: Sara tried to save the file ,but the program does not respond . 
 
B: Sara tried fixing the car to continue the trip .
 
 
 Thanks ,

29 Sep 2017      



yanogator
United States

Hi, Khawla,
First, your first sentence should end with "did not respond". The sentence isn t actually wrong as you have it, because it could be describing an on-going situation with the program that caused trouble for Sara in the past.
 
As for your problem, you might demonstrate the difference with an example from learning English.
 
A:  Try to answer all of the questions correctly.
 
B:  With a multiple-choice question, you should try each answer, to determine which one is correct.
 
 
Or you could use food.
 
A:  Have you ever tried to cook  [a popular dish in Jordan]?
 
B:  If you travel to England, you will get to try many different foods.
 
When explaining the difference, point out that in A it is about succeeding or failing; in B it is about using opportunities.
 
I hope this helps you,
Bruce 

29 Sep 2017     



Gi2gi
Georgia

Also, you could make up a pair of sentences, e.g. The shepherd tried to count his sheep after they had scattered & If you can t get to sleep, try counting sheep . 🐑 🐑 ( That doesn t help my insomnia, though, alas! ) 

29 Sep 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Hey Giorgi, try counting glasses of red from your vineyard;-)

1 Oct 2017     



Gi2gi
Georgia

Lynne, I will :) Although the chickens are yet to be hatched :)

2 Oct 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

GIorgi, be sure to let me know when they come out!

2 Oct 2017     



Gi2gi
Georgia

Lynne, I m keeping a watchful eye on them and will make sure to let you know! Thanks!

2 Oct 2017     



yanogator
United States

Giorgi,
I think I ve found your problem. You make wine from grapes, not chickens.
Bruce 

2 Oct 2017     



Gi2gi
Georgia

Bruce,
 
Eureka! That s it!
 
 
 
:D
 
Giorgi  

2 Oct 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Is this the new caption picture...? Hey, there s a chicken in my wine bottle and it hasn t left me a drop! ;-))))

3 Oct 2017