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Which sentence is correct:

Why don't you try to give up candy if you want to lose some weight?

Why don't you try giving up candy if you want to lose some weight?

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  • Both are correct, I find the second more natural. – user24964 Jan 14 '14 at 12:28
  • @tchrist That generic question doesn't really explain the difference in meaning in this particular sentence. – Gilles Jan 14 '14 at 12:29
  • @Gilles Perhaps one of the 18 questions linked to it would be better. The matter of choosing an -ing form of a verb versus choosing its to-infinitive is hardly new here. – tchrist Jan 14 '14 at 12:33
  • @tchrist Ah, after a bit of digging I found english.stackexchange.com/questions/61552/… — that one is indeed a duplicate. – Gilles Jan 14 '14 at 12:36

Both sentences are correct. They have a different meaning.

“Try to” implies that the action that is attempted may or may not succeed. Try to give up candy; maybe you will succeed in refraining from eating candy, or maybe you will succumb to the temptation and eat candy anyway.

“Try + -ing” indicates that the action may or may not have the desired result. Try giving up candy; if you do give up candy, maybe you will lose weight, or maybe you will not.

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