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Which is the correct form?

  • Try to read a book this holiday, you might find it interesting.
  • Try reading a book this holiday, you might find it interesting.

So try reading or try to read?

Next question same verb:

  • I tried reading a book this weekend, but it was too long.
  • I tried to read a book this weekend, but it was too long.

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  • Per @curiousdannii (whose close-vote I can't seem to find) – Dan Bron Apr 16 '15 at 20:44

Both are grammatical, but with different meanings.

The basic meaning of try, "attempt", usually takes the to infinitive:

Try to read the book, and if you can't get through it, tell me.

In the different sense of try out, or see if you like, it usually takes the -ing form:

Try reading this book, and tell me if you like it.

Colloquially, the first form is often replaced by try and.

  • Nice separation. – Marius Hancu Apr 16 '15 at 0:52
  • An established user like yourself should known better than to answer clearly off-topic questions like this. – curiousdannii Apr 16 '15 at 3:54

Either is correct with the following difference

  • Try to read

is a suggested action like in 'Try to read the user manual first'

  • Try reading

is a suggested method like in 'Try reading books to improve your vocabulary'


From my understanding, typically, 'to + v' suggests uncertainty,working kind like auxiliary verbs, for example

  • I am glad to know you

To explain that using 'to know you' instead of 'know you ', we could expand the sentence to this

  • I am glad because I can/am able to know you. Another example would be
  • He may be right
  • He seems to be right

For 'v-ing' , it suggests something that already happened. For example, - It must be raining now

  • How does it suggest uncertainty? – Robusto Apr 16 '15 at 12:39

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