A powerful opponent made a long speech criticizing John. This speech was so powerful that it threatened John's political career. John decided to try to change his rival's opinion of him. To do this, he sent a letter to him asking for a favor.

Instead of using "try to change", can I use this expression "try changing"? Does it sound awkward? Grammatically wrong?


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Try + gerund:

"Try + gerund" means to try or to experiment with different methods to see if something works.

For example: She tried eating the snake soup, but she didn't like it.

Try + infinitive:

When you "try to do" something, you want to do it, but you do not succeed in actually doing it. In the sentence above, an infinitive is used because she cannot successfully climb the tree.

For example: Try not to wake the baby when you get up tomorrow at 5 AM.


  • So you mean, "try changing" doesn't work in this case, right?
    – bryce
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 19:38

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