Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 09:40:30 -0600 From: Kat Rose Subject: Re: Variation in "try"-complements? Bill Spruiell asked if the interchangeable use of gerund and infinitive objects with "try" were common in areas other than Central Michigan. I grew up in the Quint (now Quad) Cities, Illinois side, and have been in Colorado (north central Front Range) for 25 years. This interchangeable use is common in conversation in both places. I use "tried opening..." for both "attempted the task of opening..." and "attempted to achieve a goal by opening...", taking meaning from context. HTH [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]>-->--- Kat Rose Kat.Rose[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] My words, my rights, my responsibility